Feb. 06, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team endured a 94-46 defeat to No. 10 Maryland on Thursday night at the Comcast Center.
Loliya Briggs had 10 points and Chelsea Welch had nine to lead the Panthers (10-13, 2-7 ACC). Brianna Kiesel had five points and saw her double-figure scoring streak end at 28 games after being knocked out of the contest early in the second half going for a loose ball and colliding with UM’s Lexie Brown.
Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assist to lead the Terps (18-4, 6-3 ACC). Maryland shot 55 percent for the game (33-of-60) and out-rebounded Pitt 47-30. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (13) and Brionna Jones (12) joined Thomas in double figure scoring.
Kiesel’s layup gave Pitt an early 5-4 lead, but Maryland asserted itself in the paint and went on a 19-0 run to grab a 21-5 advantage at the second media timeout of the game. Maryland scored 12 of its first 21 points in the paint.
Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio switched to a bigger lineup midway through the half and it resulted in an 8-2 Pitt run, led by Welch who scored five points during the spurt, bringing the score to 23-13 in favor of the Terrapins with 8:30 remaining and forced UM into its first called timeout.
However, the Panthers turned the ball over 12 times in the first half which resulted in 18 points for Maryland as the Terps stretched their lead to 36-15 with a 13-2 run and ultimately took a 45-21 lead into halftime. Maryland’s Thomas had 14 points to lead all scorers at the break.
Maryland came out of the locker room and scored the first seven points of the half to increase its lead to 52-21 which made Pitt call its third timeout of the game with 18:06 remaining in the contest.
The run to begin the half would ultimately be 16-0. Maryland’s largest lead reached 59 points (91-32) with 3:28 left, but Pitt outscored Maryland 14-3 down the stretch for the final score of 94-46.
The Panthers are back in action this Sunday when they host Wake Forest at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday, February 9. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
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