March 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Sophomore Brianna Kiesel reached a new career-high with 28 points, but it was not enough as the Pitt women's basketball team dropped an 81-73 decision to DePaul on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
The game marked the final home contest for redshirt junior Abby Dowd and the last home game in Big East play.
Junior Asia Logan posted her eighth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Marquel Davis added 13 points for the Panthers (9-19, 0-15 Big East).
DePaul (20-9, 9-6 Big East) had five players reach double-digit scoring status led by 16 points from forward Jasmine Penny. The backcourt of Brittany Hrynko (15) and Anna Martin (14) combined for 29 points, while center Katherine Harry had 12 points and 18 rebounds.
The Panthers matched a season-low, committing just nine turnovers.
Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field, DePaul connecting on 45.7 percent of its shots and Pitt at a 40.5 percent effort.
The Panthers played catch-up from the opening tip. After tying the game at 2-2, DePaul ripped off the next five-straight points. Pitt closed to a point three times over the next six minutes, lastly on a 12-foot jumper from Logan with 10:58 left in the half. The Blue Demons responded by hitting their next two field goal attempts.
Pitt scored on its next trip down the court - a three-pointer by Logan in front of the DePaul bench - to close to deuce at 17-15. After the Blue Demons extended the lead to four twice, another triple - this one from Kiesel - knocked down the deficit to a point at 21-20 with 8:01 remaining in the first period.
DePaul used an 11-3 run - capped by a baseline three-pointer by Megan Rogowski - to pull to its largest lead of the half. The Panthers trailed by seven (36-29) at intermission.
Kiesel scored just nine seconds into the second half and her thread-the-needle pass to Davis 32 seconds later trimmed the lead to 36-33. DePaul got on the second half scoreboard on its next possession with a trey from Hrynko to stop the Panthers' streak.
Two-straight buckets from Pitt narrowed the gap to two, but the Panthers could get no closer. The Blue Demons ripped off 10 of the game's next 12 points to grab their first double-digit lead.
The 40 percent plus shooting was the first for Pitt in a 10-game span and just the second time in Big East action.
The Panthers wrap up their final Big East regular season on the road, traveling to Rutgers for a Monday night match-up. Tip at the RAC is set for 7:30 p.m.
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