Feb. 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH – Junior Asia Logan recorded 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, but it was not enough as Pitt dropped a hard-fought battle to Georgetown, 72-70, on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. The game marked the sixth annual Pink the Petersen event.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 18 points and seven assists, while junior Ashlee Anderson chipped in 15 points off the bench. The Panthers (9-17, 0-13 Big East) out-rebounded the Hoyas, 43-38.
Georgetown scored the game’s go-ahead points with seven-tenths of a second remaining after junior Andrea White drained two from the free throw line to break the eighth tie of the game.
White finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Hoyas (14-12, 5-8 Big East). Senior Sugar Rodgers led the Hoyas with a game-high 23 points.
Georgetown, up by seven at the half, stretched its lead to a dozen (40-28) to start the second half after a 3-pointer from Brittany Horne. The Panthers steadily chipped at the lead, rolling off a 16-3 run to take their first lead since the game’s early minutes. Pitt forced GU into seven turnovers over the six and a half minute span.
Kiesel scored seven of the last eight points of the Pitt run with her three-pointer from the right side with 12:07 to go lifting Pitt to a 44-43 lead.
Rodgers countered with a triple on GU’s next possession, but Anderson knotted the game up (46-46) for the fourth time by making two from the charity stripe with 11:13 left. Briggs followed with a trifecta on Pitt’s next possession from in front of her own bench that gave Pitt the three-point advantage with 10:09 showing.
GU cut the margin to a point thanks to two more from the free throw line, but Logan got into the three-point act – connecting on her second attempt of the afternoon and followed with two from the stripe to bump the lead to six at 54-48 with 8:16 remaining.
The Hoyas got back into the ball game with a pair of 3-balls from Rodgers in a 35-second span – the second tied the game at 56-56 at the 6:40 mark.
A three-pointer by Anderson gave Pitt a brief lead, before GU connected on its next two field goal attempts to retake the lead at 60-59 with 5:23 left. Logan was fouled attempting a baseline three-pointer and calmly hit all three of her attempts from the stripe for a two-point Panthers edge.
Rodgers, who scored 15 of her game-high 23 in the second half, connected on a runner in the lane to tie the game yet again. Kiesel hit another triple and Anderson followed a possession later with her third three of the game to make it a five-point Pitt lead (68-63) with just under three minutes to go. White answered for the Hoyas, cutting the deficit to a single point with a basket and more free throws to pull GU to a within striking distance at 68-67 with 1:52 showing.
Logan grabbed the offensive board and used the glass on the put-back to push Pitt to a 70-67 cushion. Pitt fouls would, again, stop the clock as Rodgers hit two at the 1:15 mark and 19 seconds later, her teammate Dominque Vitalis connected on one of two from the line to tie the game at 70-70.
The Panthers had two turnovers in the final 1:04 of the game - the last with 35.6 seconds gave the ball back to the visitors with a 5.6 second differential with the shot clock. Rodgers got a shot off with 11 seconds to go and Pitt was able to grab at the ball as the play was whistled a jump ball with the possession arrow favoring Georgetown.
After a called timeout, the Hoyas inbounded from the right of the basket on the baseline. Rodgers’ shot bounded off the rim and to White on the weak side. She attempted the offensive put-back and was fouled on the follow-through, leading to her free throws with seventh-tenths of a second remaining.
The Panthers close out the regular season with two of their final three games on the road, beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Connecticut. Game time is at 7 p.m. in Hartford, Conn.
Notes: Brianna Kiesel scored in double figures for the 38th time of her career … Kiesel recorded a season-high seven assists … Logan’s 16 rebounds were a career-high (previous was 14) and the most for a Pitt player since Leeza Burdgess grabbed 16 boards last season (Feb. 11, 2012) at Cincinnati … The double-double for Logan (21 points, 16 rebounds) was her seventh of the season and her first since Jan. 5 vs. Seton Hall … Logan scored 20+ points for the seventh time in her career … Anderson matched a career-high with six steals ... Anderson’s 15 points were the most for the junior since her season-high 17 points against Loyola on Dec. 5 … the loss was the Panthers’ 33rd straight in Big East regular season play … Pitt had 19 assists in 23 field goals … the 12 steals were the most since Old Dominion on Jan. 2 (13) … The Panthers connected on a season-high eight (8) 3-pointers, the most since the 2010-11 season (9 vs. St. John’s, Feb. 26, 2011).
Twins Jessica and Angelina Proviano celebrated their ninth birthday at the PEC today and instead of presents asked that donations be made to the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The youngsters contributed nearly $500 to the cause to fight breast cancer … long-time supporter Martha Hartle Munsch was honored during the game for her contributions to women and girls in sports.
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