Nov. 3, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Four players tallied double figures to lead Pitt women's basketball to a 97-67 win over California PA in exhibition action on Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. The game marked the first of the Suzie McConnell-Serio era at Pitt. McConnell-Serio was named the Pitt head coach - the eighth in program history - in April.
Redshirt freshman Bubbles Anderson paced the Panthers with 20 points, shooting 10-of-11 from the field. The 6-11 center - the tallest player in NCAA Division I - did her damage in just 13 minutes of action.
Senior Asia Logan chipped in 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while redshirt senior Ashlee Anderson had 12 points. Anderson added six rebounds and five assists. Junior Brianna Kiesel registered 11 points and six assists.
Pitt shot 60.3 percent from the field (35-of-58) with 54 of its 97 points coming in the paint. Every player on the Pitt roster accounted for at least four points.
"I have to admit that we were a little anxious and a little nervous going into our first opportunity to be in uniform," said McConnell-Serio."Lacing them up for the first time with a new staff and a new team, but as the tip went up and the flow of the game started, I feel like everyone settled down."
It was a three-point game at the 15:15 mark when Fred Potvin opened up a 7-2 Panthers run to give the home team their first double digit lead. Anderson knocked down the first two baskets of her career over the span.
After Cal Pa pulled to within four points (18-14), Pitt reeled off 18 of the game's next 24 points to build a commanding lead. Six different players accounted for scores over the drive, highlighted by six points from A. Anderson.
The Vulcans would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the game. Freshman Chelsea Welch provided a spark off the bench, scoring seven of her nine points in the first half. Pitt led 56-33 at the half, knocking down 64.5 percent of its shots.
The second half provided more offensive prowess from the Panthers as they continued to pound the ball inside the paint. Bubbles Anderson scored eight of Pitt's 10 points over a two-minute span to give Pitt a 36-point advantage as the Vulcans had no answer for the center.
The Panthers assisted on 25 of their 35 field goals with sophomore Brittany Gordon credited for seven dimes off the bench in 18 minutes.
"Over the course of the game I thought players stepped up and did a lot of good things. I'm very proud of the effort from our players. They did a great job in their first opportunity and we look forward to the next game on November 8."
The Vulcans were led by Kaitlynn Fratz, who had 19 points off the bench.
Pitt officially tips the 2013-14 campaign on Friday, Nov. 8 versus Bucknell at 11 a.m. The contest marks the fifth annual School Day promotion with already over 3,000 middle and elementary school students slated to attend the earliest contest - men's or women's - in NCAA Division I. For more information on the even, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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