Feb. 20, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Junior guard Brianna Kiesel led three Panthers in double-figures with a game-high 23 points, but the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team suffered a 69-62 defeat to Virginia Tech on Thursday evening at Cassell Coliseum.
Kiesel scored 20 of her 23 points in the second half and shot 7-of-20 overall while going 9-for-10 at the free throw line. Asia Logan scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Marquel Davis had 14 points to join Kiesel in double-figure scoring.
The turning point in the game came with 2:48 to go and Pitt trailing 57-56. Asia Logan was called for a personal foul which put Virginia Tech in the bonus and was then given a technical foul for arguing the call. The Hokies (12-14, 2-11 ACC) made all four free throws and Pitt (11-16, 3-10 ACC) was not able to bounce back. Virginia Tech scored their final 12 points of the game from the free throw line.
Virginia Tech’s Vanessa Panousis 6-for-6 down the stretch at the line and finished with a team-high 21 points to lead the Hokies. Uju Ugoka, the league’s third leading scorer and rebounder, had 14 points and 11 rebounds and helped the Hokies out-rebound the Panthers 47-29.
Logan and Davis combined the score Pitt’s first nine points and a free throw from Kiesel at the 10:08 mark gave the Panthers their first lead of the game at 15-14. Davis was attacking the rim early on, and her driving layup with 8:25 remaining capped off a 10-2 run which gave Pitt a 19-16 lead and forced Virginia Tech into a timeout.
The Hokies would responded and they closed the half by outscoring Pitt 13-6 to take a 29-25 lead into halftime. With the game tied at 23, two Pitt turnovers led to back-to-back Virginia Tech 3-pointers which helped the Hokies build their advantage.
Davis led all scorers at the break with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Both team shot 37.5 percent in the opening half as Pitt was 9-of-24 overall, while Virginia Tech was 12-of-32, five of which were from 3-point range.
In the opening stages of the second half, Virginia Tech’s third leading scorer Monet Tellier picked up her third foul of the game and then got a technical for arguing and had to go to the bench with four fouls. Loliya Briggs would make both free throws en route to Pitt scoring the first five points of the half to take a 30-29 lead.
Virginia Tech then surged ahead and took their largest lead of nine points with 9:55 left when Hannah Young connected on a baseline jumper to give the Hokies a 49-40 advantage.
Kiesel would keep Pitt in the game by scoring 11 of the next 13 Pitt points, and the Panthers trailed by just four (57-53) at the final media timeout of the game. Kiesel would then convert an And-1 and brought Pitt to within one point, but on the ensuing Virginia Tech possession Logan was whistled for the personal and technical foul.
Pitt shot 35.7 percent overall (20-of-56), while the Hokies were 41.1 percent from the floor (23-of-56). Pitt outscored Virginia Tech 32-16 in the paint, but the Hokies got 17 points from their bench compared to just four for the Panthers.
Pitt will return to action this Sunday afternoon with a trip to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the Orange. Tip is set for 1 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.
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