March 2, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Both Asia Logan and Brianna Kiesel tallied double-doubles, but the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team was outscored 16-4 down the stretch by the University of Miami and ultimately fell 67-54 to the Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon at BankUnited Center.
Logan paced the team with 22 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, while Kiesel had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Panthers (11-19, 3-13 ACC). Miami (16-13, 8-8 ACC) was led by Keyona Davis who had 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half. She and Caprice Dennis led the Hurricanes with seven rebounds apiece.
Logan and Kiesel combined to make 15 of the team’s 20 field goals and together they shot 15-of-33, while the rest of the Panthers were just 5-of-29. Overall, Pitt was 20-of-62 from the floor (32.2 percent), while Miami was 28-of-59 (47.5 percent).
The two teams played an evenly matched first half as the game was tied on six different occasions. Logan and Kiesel combined to score 14 of Pitt’s first 15 points, and Logan’s 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 9:22 mark gave Pitt its first lead of the game.
With the game tied at 21, Miami got four straight points from Dennis which gave the Hurricanes a five point lead (25-21) with 3:20 remaining in the half. That began an 11-2 Miami run which established a 32-23 Hurricanes advantage. Pitt would break the run with a 3-pointer from Fred Potvin and a three-point play from Kiesel to get with three at 32-29. Miami’s Jassany Williams would connect with eight second remaining in the half to give the Hurricanes a 34-29 advantage at the break.
Kiesel had 11 first half points and Logan contributed 10 points and seven rebounds. The Panthers were 33 percent in the opening half (10-33) and Miami shot 48.3 percent (14-29).
Logan came out on fire to start the second half, scoring 10 of Pitt’s first 14 points, and her second 3-pointer of the half gave Pitt a 43-41 advantage and forced Miami into a timeout with 13:45 left.
The Hurricanes though, would then score 10 of the games next 12 points and established a 51-45 lead courtesy of a Keyona Hayes jumper at the 10:46 mark. A three from Welch and then a layup from Kiesel got Pitt within one at 51-50, but Miami would score the next eight points to match their largest lead of the game of nine points at 59-50.
Logan and Kiesel would make back-to-back hoops which got Pitt within five (59-54), but the Panthers would miss their final five shots from the field while Miami finished 3-of-5 to pull away at the end and claim a 67-54 victory.
The Panthers are now headed to their first ever ACC Tournament this week. The tournament will run from March 5-9 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Pitt will play on the opening day and will either be the 14 or 15 seed depending on the outcome of the Boston College vs. Georgia Tech game.
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