Jan. 30, 2014
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PITTSBURGH - A game-winning runner in the lane from Brianna Kiesel with 3.1 second remaining lifted the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team past Boston College by the score of 67-65 on Thursday evening at the Petersen Events Center.
Kiesel tied the game at 65 on a floater from the right corner with 45 seconds to play, and then Loliya Briggs drew a charge on Boston College's next possession to give the ball back to Pitt with 32.2 second left. Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio called timeout with 16 ticks on the clock, and put the ball in the hands of her point guard who penetrated the lane and banked in the game-winner. Boston College called timeout to set up its final play, but Lauren Engeln's heave from five feet inside midcourt hit the back rim and gave Pitt the dramatic victory.
The Panthers (10-11, 2-5 ACC) erased a 14-point first half deficit and also held the Eagles (11-11, 2-6 ACC) without a field goal for the final 3:41 of the game, as Pitt closed the contest on an 8-0 run. Asia Logan scored a season-high 24 points to lead all scorers and was an efficient 7-of-11 from the floor and 9-for-11 at the free throw line. Kiesel finished 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half, while Ashlee Anderson and Chelsea Welch each scored 11. Anderson chipped in with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Welch was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc en route to scoring a new career-high of 11 points.
Pitt shot 41.8 percent for the game (23-of-55) and made nine of its 16 3-point attempts. Boston College shot 47.7 percent from the floor (21-of-44) and was 15-for-16 at the free throw line. Like Pitt, Boston College had four players score in double-figures led by Engeln and Nicole Boudreau with 15 points apiece.
"I am very, very proud of this team. They pulled it out," head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. "We would cut the lead to two points and then we'd give up a 3-pointer or a three-point play, and every time we made a mistake Boston College capitalized. But I'm so proud of our players that they continued to fight, they continued to believe, and they continued to make plays."
Anderson got the Panthers off to a fast start by scoring five of the team's first seven points, but Boston College used an early 9-0 run to gain a 16-11 advantage at the under 12 media timeout of the first half.
The Panthers would score the next four points, but then the Eagles used another run, this time 12-0, to extend its lead to 28-15 with 6:15 remaining in the first half.
BC shot 52.4 percent in the half and grabbed its largest lead of 14 points when Boudreau nailed her second 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 33-19 advantage with 2:53 left. The Panthers though, would outscore the Eagles 8-4 to end the half, and a three from Logan with eight seconds remaining made it 37-27 in favor of BC at the break. Logan scored 12 first half points.
The Panthers came out of the locker room with defensive intensity and it forced Boston College into a shot clock violation and a turnover on its first two possessions, followed by a block from Logan on its third possession. After scoring just two points in the first half, Kiesel poured in Pitt's first eight points to start the second half and extended her double-figure scoring streak to 27-consecutive games. However, Boston College maintained a seven point lead (42-35) at the first media timeout of the second stanza.
Welch connected on a 3-pointer which brought the Panthers within three at 44-41, but then BC scored an and-1 and hit a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to stretch its lead back to nine with 13:07 left. Pitt then chipped away at the lead, and an offensive rebound and put-back from Marquel Davis got the Panthers within five (57-52) with 7:41 left.
The lead for Boston College shrank to just two points (59-57) when Logan hit a jumper from the elbow with 4:47 remaining, but the Eagles then scored the next five points to go up 64-57 at the 3:41 mark. However, that is when Pitt locked down and allowed Boston College just one point for the remainder of the game. The Eagles were 0-of-3 shooting down the stretch and committed two turnovers.
Pitt was out-rebounded by Boston College 31-26, but turned 20 BC turnovers into 24 points. Kiesel, who is tied for sixth in the ACC in assists, had six helpers tonight to go along with her 16 points.
The Panthers take to the floor again this coming Monday, February 3, inside the Petersen Events Center when Pitt hosts Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3.