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Feb. 16, 2017

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PITTSBURGH – Sophomore forward Brenna Wise set a school record en route to a career-high 31 points for Pitt women’s basketball (13-13, 4-9 ACC) as the Panthers returned to the win column by defeating Virginia Tech (16-10, 3-10 ACC), 72-64, Thursday night at Petersen Events Center.
 
Wise hit 13-of-13 from the free throw line, marking the most single-game free throws made without a miss in Pitt history. She became the second Panther ever to record two or more perfect games of 10 or free throws, alongside Brianna Kiesel (12-of-12, Feb. 5, 2015; 10-of-10, Feb. 1, 2015). Earlier this season, Wise made 11-of-11 in Pitt’s 62-54 win against Virginia (Jan. 22). Her 31 points were the most scored by a Panther since Kiesel had 32 at Tennessee in the 2015 NCAA Tournament (March 23, 2015).
 
The win halted a six-game losing streak for Pitt, while the Hokies’ woes continued for a ninth consecutive game. The Panthers tied their 2015-16 win totals of 13 overall and four in the ACC, and picked up their second consecutive victory in the series against Virginia Tech.
 
Pitt’s 72 points marked the most scored since defeating Bryant, 76-60, Dec. 6, 2016, at Petersen Events Center. The Panthers put up 32 points in the fourth quarter, the most scored of any quarter this season. Also of note: Pitt scored a season-low five points in the first period.
 
It was a slow start for both teams as they started a combined 2-of-16 from the floor. After Wise tied the game at 5-5 at the 3:40 mark, the Hokies ended the quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 16-5 lead into the second frame. The Panthers shot 1-of-13 (.077) for the period, missing their final 10 in a row.
 
Back-to-back field goals from Jasmine Whitney cut the Hokies’ lead to seven in the first minute of the second quarter (16-9), and the Panthers managed to fight their way to a five-point margin with 2:45 remaining in the period (26-21). Overall, Pitt outscored the Hokies 16-10 in the quarter and made 8-of-12 (.667).
 
The tide continued to turn for the Panthers as Wise and Kauai Bradley hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 27-26 advantage at 8:37 in the third quarter, marking their first lead since the 5:44 mark in the first. Wise hit another three at the 7:58 mark, but a quick 5-0 run by the Hokies tied the game at 30 at 5:43. The Panthers responded with an 8-0 run of their own, including six points from Wise, to lead 38-30, and ended the third with a 40-35 margin.
 
The Panthers led by as many as nine in the first two minutes of the final quarter (44-35, 9:01), but eventually succumbed the lead after a 7-0 run by VT put the Hokies ahead, 49-47, at the 5:04 mark. Pitt held tough and put up a 7-0 run to storm back and take a 54-49 lead with 3:26 left to play. Although the Hokies hit two 3-pointers in the final minutes, Wise, Aysia Bugg and Whitney hit a combined 16-of-17 from the free throw line over the final 3:26 of play to seal the deal for the Panthers, winning 72-64.
 
ALSO OF NOTE
- The Panthers trailed by as many as 11 points, marking their largest deficit overcome for a win this season (previous was six points, twice, against Youngstown State – Nov. 14, and Virginia – Jan. 22).
- Pitt trailed by five points at the break, marking its first time overcoming a halftime deficit for a win this season (improving to 1-10 when trailing at halftime).
- The Panthers improved to 4-0 when wearing gold jerseys.
 
EXPERIENCE THE ACTION
All individual tickets for Pitt women’s basketball home games are general admission and available for purchase for $5 each by calling the Panthers Ticket Office at 800-643-7488 or by visiting PittsburghPanthers.comGroup tickets and season tickets are also on sale.
 
UP NEXT
The Panthers will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Georgia Tech Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
 
Wise Posts Pitt Record as Panthers Defeat Hokies, 72-64

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