Feb. 16, 2014
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PITTSBURGH - In front of 3,305 fans all wearing pink, the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team defeated Clemson University 56-43 on Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers (11-15, 3-9 ACC) held Clemson to just 12 first half points which tied a Petersen Events Center record for points allowed in a half. Pitt held Mount St. Mary's to just 12 points on December 31, 2009. Clemson's 43 total points also tied for the fifth lowest total in building history.
Junior guard Brianna Kiesel reached the 20 point plateau for the ninth time this season with a game-high 20 points. Loliya Briggs chipped in with 16 points, while she, Ashlee Anderson and Asia Logan all tied for a team-high five rebounds. Both teams shot 33 percent overall, but Pitt was 50 percent from behind the arc (9-of-18). Pitt held Clemson (11-16, 3-10 ACC) to just 18.5 percent in the first half.
"This was a great win. I thought we came out and from the beginning of the game played with a lot of emotion with it being Senior Day," head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. "I thought we played actively and with a lot of intensity, especially on defense and in our press. We had good defensive possessions and our players bought into the game plan. We were able to defend well as they only scored ten points in the first half until they scored on the last possession. We couldn't ask for any more of an effort defensively and it created some of our offense."
After Clemson's Chelsea Lindsay scored the first two points of the game, the Panthers erupted on a 20-0 run which gave them a commanding lead. Briggs had 11 points and the Panthers were 10-for-11 at the free throw line during that stretch.
The Panthers continued to play high quality basketball in the first half, and back-to-back 3-pointers from Kiesel and Briggs stretched the Pitt lead to 33-8 with 3:16 remaining.
Clemson would score the final four points of the half to make the score 33-12 at the break, but the 12 first half points Pitt allowed tied a Petersen Events Center record. The Panthers held Clemson to 18.5 percent shooting (5-of-27). Briggs and Kiesel combined to score 27 of the team's 33 first half points with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Tigers made three of their first five shots out of the break and forced Pitt into a timeout at the 17:23 mark of the second half after Chancie Dunn connected on a driving layup. However, the closest Clemson would get would be 12 points with 13:45 left, and in the final 10 minutes of the game the Tigers were no closer than 14 points.
Clemson scored 28 of their 43 points in the paint, mostly in part to Nyilah Jamison-Myers who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but Pitt turned 14 Clemson turnovers into 21 points and held a 21-8 advantage in that category.
The Panthers avenged a loss to Clemson from earlier in the season as both team's won on their home courts.
Pitt will try to win back-to-back league games for the first time this season when the Panthers travel to take on Virginia Tech (11-14, 1-11 ACC) this coming Thursday, February 20, in Blacksburg.