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Jan. 19, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Four players registered double figures, but it was not enough as Pitt dropped a 74-65 decision to Marquette in Big East women's basketball action on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers (9-8, 0-4 Big East) were paced by junior Brianna Kiesel, who pumped in 18 points. Sophomore Cora McManus added 15 points and nine rebounds, while junior Marquel Davis chipped in 12 points off the bench.

Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs recorded her second-straight double figure scoring game with 10 points.

The game was a battle in the paint with the teams combining for 88 points down low. Pitt had one of its worst efforts on the season from the free throw line, connecting on just 8-of-20 opportunities (16.7 percent). 

The Panthers pulled to a 4-0 lead to start the game on back-to-back scores from Kiesel. The Golden Eagles tallied eight of the game's next 10 points capped by a layup from Katherine Plouffe to take their first lead at 8-6.

Tied at 9-9, MU ran off an 11-2 run to take a nine point lead- doing so on another score from Plouffe - at the 10:39 mark.

Davis added a boost off the bench for Pitt, helping kick-start a 6-2 surge to cut the deficit to five at 22-17. MU answered basket for basket and used another run to pull to its largest lead of the stanza - 10 points - on three occasions, lastly with 47 seconds left in the period.  A jumper from Asia Logan and runner from Briggs closed the gap to six (40-34) at intermission.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 13-point edge twice over the first seven minutes of the second half, moving to the 54-41 edge after a four-footer from Cristina Bigicia.

The Panthers silenced MU, scoring nine of the next 11 points. Davis had six points and McManus added three over the five-minute span which trimmed the lead to 56-52 with 9:47 remaining.

Marquette built its advantage back to seven on a baseline 3-pointer from Brooklyn Pumroy. Briggs responded with her second old-fashioned three-point play of the afternoon which started an 8-2 run to close the gap even further. A steal from Kiesel and the subsequent layup from Davis pushed the Panthers a point away at 64-63 with 3:50 to play.

The Golden Eagles handled the pressure, scoring the next seven as the Panthers hit just one field goal over the final 3:50 of play.

Lauren Tibbs led Marquette (10-7, 2-2 Big East) in scoring with 14 points. Plouffe had 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  

The game was the 11th meeting between the teams - and the ninth in which the final outcome was 13 points or fewer. The nine-point difference marked the sixth in the series decided by nine or less points.


Pitt Women's Basketball Cannot Overcome Marquette

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