March 4, 2013
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Three players scored in double figures for Pitt, but it was not enough as the Panthers dropped a 65-44 contest to Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) on Monday evening.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 14 points and Lo Briggs registered 11, shooting 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Marquel Davis added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (9-20, 0-16 Big East).
The Scarlet Knights (16-13, 7-9 Big East) – who shot 56.5 percent from the field – were paced by 15 points each by Erica Wheeler and Shakena Richardson. Rutgers posted a 30-14 advantage in paint points.
The Panthers jumped out of the gate early as four different players accounting for the first four scores. A three pointer from Lo Briggs on the right side gave Pitt to an 11-7 advantage at the 15:27 mark. The Panthers drained five of their first seven shots of the game.
RU freshman Kahleah Copper connected on two-straight field goals to start a 13-2 run that pushed the Scarlet Knights to a 20-13 lead with 9:05 left in the half. Pitt cut the lead to five on the next possession on a layup from Chyna Golden, but could get no closer in the half - trailing by 36-22 at the break.
The Scarlet Knights stretched their lead to 18 (40-22) to start the second period, but Briggs answered with five-straight points on her own to close the deficit to 13. RU pushed it back to a 15 point game twice over the next two and a half minutes, lastly on a Copper back-door bucket with 13:10 showing.
Briggs drained a triple from the top of the key and Davis stole the ball and went the other way for the fast-break lay-up to make it a 10-point game at 44-34. Pitt would get no closer as Rutgers ripped off seven of the next nine points to grab a 15-point cushion.
The game marked the final regular season game for the Panthers in the Big East.
The Panthers will compete in the 2013 Big East Championship in Hartford, Conn., beginning Friday, March 8 with a 6 p.m. game time. Pitt is seeded 15th in the tourney and will take on No. 10 seed Marquette.