March 8, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Pitt women’s basketball team saw its season come to a close, falling to Marquette, 66-43, in first round action at the 2013 Big East Championship on Friday evening at the XL Center.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel led Pitt scorers with 13 points. Kiesel was presented with her All-Big East honorable mention award prior to tip. Sophomore Cora McManus chipped in 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting for the Panthers (9-21).
The game was a see-saw battle to start with three ties and three lead changes highlighting the first seven minutes. The Panthers took their largest lead just two possessions into the game on a three-pointer from Kiesel to give Pitt a 5-1 advantage at the 18:27 mark.
MU (16-14) went ahead by five on a field goal from center Lauren Tibbs with 10:29 showing. The Panthers cut the deficit to a point twice over the next minute, lastly on a lay-up from sophomore Chyna Golden with 8:45 left in the period to make it 16-15.
A 15-foot jumper from guard Katie Young on the next possession started an 18-2 scoring run for the Golden Eagles which gave MU a 34-17 edge with 1:16 remaining in the half. Young had eight of her team-best 11 points over the seven-minute span.
Pitt scored the last five points of the stanza to make it a 12-point game (34-22) at the break.
Neither team could score to open the second with the squads combining to go 0-of-6. Pitt created four MU turnovers, but could gain little ground. The Panthers pulled to 10 at 34-24 on a bucket from Lo Briggs, but the Eagles responded with an 11-0 run to take a commanding 45-24 lead.
Pitt shot 33.3 percent from the field for the game, while Marquette connected on 40.9 percent of its shots. The Panthers were out-rebounded 48-36.
The game marked the final Big East women’s basketball contest for the Panthers. Pitt will join the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning July 1.
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