Nov. 8, 2013
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PITTSBURGH - Junior Brianna Kiesel registered 20 points and 11 rebounds to help lead Pitt to a 66-51 win over Bucknell in college women's basketball action on Friday at the Petersen Events Center. The victory was the first under new head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, who took over the Pitt program on April 12.
Senior Asia Logan tallied 15 points and 10 boards, her ninth career double-double - all coming in the past two seasons. Redshirt sophomore Loliya Briggs had 15 points, 13 of those in the first half.
The contest marked the program's annual School Day promotion as over 4,000 elementary and middle school children from throughout the Pittsburgh area attended the 11 a.m. tip. The game was the first contest - men's or women's - of the 2013-14 season.
The Panthers (1-0) led from the opening tip to the closing horn - the first wire-to-wire win since Nov. 29, 2011 (a span of 55 games).
Audrey Dotson paced all scorers with 23 points for the Bison (0-1).
The teams traded field goals to start the contest as the Panthers jumped to a five point-lead in the first three minutes. An offensive follow of her own miss by Briggs pushed Pitt to a 7-2 lead to start the game. Briggs scored five of the team's first seven points.
After BU pulled to a field goal on the next possession, Pitt reeled off seven of the team's next nine points to make it 16-6. The double digit difference was the Panthers' first double-figure lead of the season.
Dotson fueled an 11-5 Bucknell run, ripping off six of the team's 11 points and helping the visitors claw back to four points (21-17) with 10:25 on the clock.
A baseline 3-pointer from Briggs started a 10-0 Pitt run which produced some of the finest highlights of the day. Two fast-break lay-ups from Kiesel and a triple on the far side from freshman Fred Potvin closed the surge. The 3-ball from Potvin marked the first collegiate points for the Canada product and pushed Pitt to a 33-18 lead at the 5:37 mark.
Bucknell narrowed the gap on the next possession, but Pitt surged to a 19-point cushion at 39-20 courtesy of Briggs. The redshirt sophomore converted a lay-in and dropped a 3-pointer to give the Panthers their largest lead of the first stanza. Pitt led 39-26 at the break.
The Bison started the second half on a tear of its own, scoring the first four points - and 10 in total stretching both halves - to make it a nine-point contest (39-30). Logan carried the weight, helping Pitt score the game's next points - she had the first six on her own and a three-pointer from Ashlee Anderson completed the scoring for an 18-point Pitt lead.
Pitt shot 40.3 percent from the game en route to a 66-51 decision - its first win since Jan. 2, 2013.