Jan. 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE – Freshman Brianna Kiesel had a game-high 17 points, but it was not enough as Pitt fell at Providence in Big East women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall.
Sophomore Kyra Dunn registered her third career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Chyna Golden added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Pitt (8-13, 0-8 Big East) could not overcome a slow second half start despite out-rebounding the Friars, 45-38, in the game.The loss snapped a two-game winning streak against PC.
Rachel Barnes scored 15 points to pace the Friars (12-9, 4-4). Lola Wells and Lauren Okafor had 13 points apiece for PC, who drained a season-best nine 3-pointers. The Friars, shooting 27 percent from beyond the arc prior to the contest, hit at a 45 percent clip (9-of-20) from 3-point range on the afternoon.
The teams traded field goals to start the contest with Kiesel scoring seven of the Panthers’ first 13 points. Her layup with 9:14 on the clock lifted Pitt to a 13-12 lead – its first of the game.
Ahead by two (16-14) following a pair of free throws from Dunn, PC drained its second triple of the period to regain the lead. Pitt would knot the score twice over the next two minutes, lastly at 19-19 with 4:06 on the clock.
The Friars used a 9-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from reserve Chandler McCabe to take a28-19 lead. Kiesel quieted the home team to make it 28-21 at intermission.
After PC extended its lead to nine to open the second half, Pitt behind closed the gap to seven on a jumper from the left elbow courtesy of Kiesel.
The Friars used a flurry of 3-pointers – three-straight- to build distance on the scoreboard. The last in the series came from Lola Wells to push the advantage to 15 (40-25) with 16:32 remaining.
PC stretched the lead further, moving to its largest lead at 51-29 with 11:08 to play. The Panthers chipped at the score, closing to 13 points (54-41) with 4:28 on the clock. Golden had four points over the 12-3 run. Pitt missed its next two shots and PC drained another 3-pointer to silence any rally.
The Panthers return home to the Petersen Events Center to entertain St.John’s (13-8, 5-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Pitt moves to 20-28 all-time against Providence and 5-17 all-time in away games versus the Friars.
Brianna Kiesel had 17 points to lead the Panthers in scoring for the seventh time this season.
Kiesel has registered double figure scoring in 13 of 21 games.
Kyra Dunn had 11 points and 10 rebounds, her third career double-double (all coming this season). The 11 points tied a season and career high (also scored vs. Valpo).
Dunn has double-digit rebound totals in five games this season. The effort this afternoon marked Dunn’s first double figure rebounding contest since Valparaiso on Dec. 10.
Chyna Golden recorded a career-high 10 points. Her previous scoring best was six points. The first year player was 3-of-5 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Golden and Dunn combined for 21 of Pitt’s 50 points – both coming off the bench to do so.