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Pitt Women's Basketball Cannot Sustain Lead, Drops 62-50 Decision at USF




Feb. 18, 2012

Box Score

TAMPA – Pitt women’s basketball could not sustain a first-half lead, dropping a 62-50 decision at USF on Saturday night at the USF Recreation Center.

Freshman Brianna Kiesel had 13 points and sophomore Marquel Davis added 11 for the Panthers (8-18, 0-13 Big East). Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson chipped in 10 points and classmate Leeza Burdgess collected 13 rebounds.

USF had four players in double figures led by Jasmine Wynne with 14. The guard had missed the last three games with a concussion. Tahira Johnson and Andrell Smith had 12 points each for the Bulls (15-13, 7-7), who won for the third-straight game.

The Panthers led for the first 19 minutes of the half, up until the final second of the first period. Pitt pulled out to a 6-0 lead to start the contest capped on a layup from Davis. Burdgess extended the lead to seven on an old fashioned three-point play to make it 9-2 at the 16:53 mark.

The Bulls scored five unanswered points to close to a basket, but the Panthers responded with a 6-0 run of their own. An offensive putback by Burdgess gave Pitt its largest lead of the game at 15-7 with 14:08 left in the half.

USF drained a three-pointer on its next trip down the court which kicked off a 5-0 spurt and cut the Panthers lead to three.

Pitt pushed its advantage back to five on five occasions over the next 10 minutes. The last five point lead came after a three-point play from Davis at the 2:33 mark of the first stanza. USF closed the half on a 5-0 run, taking its first lead of the game on a last second shot by Wynne to send USF into the locker room with a 31-29 lead.

The Panthers tied the game on the first play of the second period on a jumper from Anderson. Inga Orekhova tallied the next six-consecutive points for US, pulling the home team out to a 38-31 edge.

Pitt rallied to pull to three at 40-37 at the 14:14 mark, but two-straight turnovers made it difficult to gain ground on the Bulls- who drilled a three-pointer and added two from the free throw line on consecutive possessions. The Panthers got within six at 47-41 on a slashing layup from Davis, but could get no closer the rest of the game.

The Panthers failed to hit a three-pointer in the game, going 0-of-10.

Burdgess’ 13 rebounds marked her seventh double-figure rebounding game of the season ,while Davis grabbed six rebounds – tying a career-high.

Pitt returns home to face No. 3 UConn on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Tip time is set for 7:05 p.m.