Feb. 3, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Junior Asia Logan had a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough as the Pitt women's basketball team dropped a 78-60 decision to USF on Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel added 16 points for the Panthers (9-12, 0-8 Big East), who dropped their eighth-straight. The Bulls (15-6, 4-4 Big East) placed five players in double figures led by 15 points apiece from twins Andrell Smith and Andrea Smith.
Pitt fell behind by five points twice in the first six minutes, lastly on a layup from USF's Alisa Jenkins with 14:00 on the clock. Five of the Bulls' first six field goals came in the paint and three of those were offensive put-backs.
The Panthers got a boost off the bench from Ashlee Anderson, who scored four of the team's next six points as Pitt took its first lead of the game at 16-15 with 12:14 showing.
The teams exchanged three-pointers with the Pitt triple courtesy of Kiesel giving the home team a 19-18 edge with 11:32 left in the first period. The Panthers missed eight of their next 10 shots as USF bumped its cushion to seven points.
Logan and Marquel Davis piloted an 8-4 run - scoring two baskets each - to narrow the gap to three at 34-31 at the 3:45 mark. USF ended any rally, reeling off nine of the game's next 11 points to take a 43-33 lead at intermission.
The Panthers nudged closer with a 5-0 run to start the second half. A three-pointer from Loliya Briggs capped the run and made it a five-point contest.
USF - again - answered by scoring 10 unanswered points with the last tally coming off an old-fashioned three-point play from Inga Orekhova to make it 53-38.
Kiesel took the team on her back, scoring nine of the Panthers' next 11 points - including six-straight to close the margin to six at 53-47 with 13:00 to play.
The Panthers cut it to six once more on a jumper from the right elbow by Logan with 10:55 remaining, but would get no closer. USF ran off the game's next nine-consecutive points to quickly move the control to 16-points and lead by double-digits the remainder of the game.
Pitt shot 37.5 percent in the game, while USF posted a 37.3 field goal percentage. The Panthers were out-rebounded, 48-39 and shot just 8-for-20 from the free throw line (.400) on the afternoon.
The Panthers entertain Providence on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Petersen Events Center.
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