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Pitt Women's Basketball Loses to No. 2 Notre Dame

Kiesel scored 20 points against Notre Dame to lead the Panthers

Kiesel scored 20 points against Notre Dame to lead the Panthers

Jan. 16, 2014

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PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team sustained a 109-66 defeat to No. 2 Notre Dame on Thursday evening inside the Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers (9-9, 1-3 ACC) were led by Brianna Kiesel who scored a team-high 20 points. Kiesel extended her double-figure scoring streak to 24 consecutive games and has now scored 20 or more points in each of her last five contests and six of her last seven outings.

Marquel Davis, who was leading the ACC in shooting percentage during conference play entering the game, scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting and led the Panthers in rebounding and assists with five in each category. Loliya Briggs, Asia Logan and Chelsea Welch all pitched in with nine points apiece. The nine points for Welch is a new career-high.

Notre Dame (16-0, 4-0), who leads the nation in shooting percentage, was 60.6 percent from the floor, connecting on 40-of-66 shots. The Irish was 9-of-12 from 3-point range and 20-for-22 at the free throw line. Notre Dame held a 46-18 advantage in the paint.

The Fighting Irish had five players score in double figures, led by Kayla McBride and Jewll Loyd with 20 points apiece. The two combined to shoot 17-of-23 from the floor.

The Panthers are back in action this Sunday, January 19, when Pitt hosts Syracuse at 2 p.m. It is Girl Scout Day and ACC Day inside the Petersen Events Center.