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Pitt Women's Basketball Falls to No. 2/3 Notre Dame

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Jan. 23, 2013

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PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s basketball team could not maintain a hot-shooting first half, falling 73-47 to No. 2/3 Notre Dame at the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday evening. The Panthers shot 48 percent in the first half, connecting on 12-of-25 shots to make it a six-point game at the half.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel led Pitt (9-9, 0-5 Big East) with 12 points and six assists. The Panthers were without the services of leading scorer Asia Logan.

The Irish opened the game with a 5-0 run and moved to a nine-point advantage less than five minutes into the game. A lay-up from Kayla McBride – the Irish’ high scorer with 19 points - helped Notre Dame pull ahead 16-5 at the 14:19 mark. Senior guard Skylar Diggins had eight of UND’s first 16 points.

Pitt roared back with one of its best offensive and intensity filled 10 minute periods this season. Kiesel started the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key and then followed that with a floater in the lane. Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs drained two from the free throw line with 12:38 left in the half to cut the deficit to 16-12.

The Irish scored two-straight baskets, but Pitt exploded for 13 of the game’s next 15 points. Briggs canned a triple from the far side to commence the run and Cora McManus closed it with a turnaround jumper from five feet out to give Pitt a 25-22 lead with 7:44 showing.

Diggins stopped the Panthers’ rally with a three on the right side and McBride had two from the charity stripe to put the Irish back on top, 27-25.

A jumper from Briggs and a fast-break conversion lay-up from Ashlee Anderson tied the contest for the second time at 29-29. Notre Dame had the final six-points of the half, taking a 35-29 lead at intermission.

The Irish hit eight of their first 12 shots of the second half and in total rolled out a 36-6 run to put distance on the scoreboard. Notre Dame registered 24 of their 42 paint points in the second period.

The Panthers shot 23 percent in the second stanza, scoring four of their six field goals of the half in the final five minutes.

Pitt will look to snap its five-game losing skid on Saturday, Jan. 26 when it travels to Georgetown for a 4 p.m. tip.