Jan. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pitt women’s basketball team saw a furious late second half rally fall short, dropping a 69-57 decision at Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel paced the Panthers (9-10, 0-6) with 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Junior Asia Logan tallied 19 points, 15 in the second half. Junior Marquel Davis chipped in a career-best 10 boards.
Senior Sugar Rodgers led the Hoyas with a game-high 25 points and nine assists.
Trailing by 14 at intermission, Pitt cut the lead to 33-21 to start the second half on a short jumper from Kiesel. GU recorded 10 of the game’s next 12 points to extend its lead to 43-23 with 16:35 to play with all four field goals scored over the run tallied in the paint.
The Hoyas built their advantage to as many as 23 points, lastly on a put-back from junior Andrea White with 12:09 remaining. Pitt matched GU for scores over the next two possessions as the Hoyas moved to a 22-point edge (57-35) at the 8:15 mark.
The Panthers used a 14-4 run – commenced by back-to-back three-pointers from Abby Dowd and Logan – to cut the deficit to 12 at 61-49 with 5:05 showing. Logan closed the surge with a fast-break lay-up. An unforced turnover on Pitt’s next trip down the court stopped the run.
After two free throws by Rodgers, Cora McManus – again – made it an even dozen down with an offensive follow for the Panthers. The Hoyas pulled back ahead by 14 points on two more from the free throw line, but Pitt responded with a 4-0 run to close to 65-55 on a triple from Kiesel with 1:42 left.
GU scored on its next trip down the court and a flurry of three’s bounced off the rim for Pitt as its rally came too late.
The Panthers out-rebounded the Hoyas, 48-39. For just the second time this season (in 19 games), Pitt failed to hold a single lead in the game.
GU opened the game on a 19-8 run. The GU zone defense forced the Panthers to turn the ball over four times and hit just 3 of 12 shots in the first eight minutes.
Pitt narrowed the lead to seven at 21-14 on a far baseline jumper from Logan, but would get no closer the remainder of the half. Both teams went dry from the field with the Panthers experiencing a three-minute and a six-minute drought and Hoyas going six minutes without a score.
The loss was Pitt's sixth-straight. The Panthers look to rebound and record its first Big East win since 2011 on Tuesday, Jan. 29 when they travel to DePaul.