Nov. 11, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Junior Asia Logan (Baltimore, Md.) scored a career-high 36 points to lead Pitt to a 76-74 win over William & Mary in women’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
The forward set the Petersen Events Center record for most points scored by a Pitt player, topping the 34 points registered by Shavonte Zellous on Jan. 4. 2009. Logan also collected a career-best 14 rebounds. Redshirt junior Ashlee Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in 14 points and six rebounds.
The Panthers (1-1), who overcame an 11-point first half deficit, registered a 47-27 rebounding edge.
Senior Emily Correal led the Tribe (0-2) with 27 points, 23 of those in the first half.
Trailing by three points at the break, the Panthers tied the contest for the sixth time at 47-47 with 17:33 to go on a fast-break lay-in from Anderson.
Pitt turned it over on four of its next six possessions, allowing W&M to take its largest lead of the second half at 60-53 with 8:42 to play.
The Panthers scored the next six-straight points, as two free throws and a lay-up from Logan sandwiched a basket by Anderson to make it 60-59.
The Tribe drained three-pointers on two of their next three trips down the court as the last from Jaclyn McKenna gave the visitors a 68-65 advantage at the 5:07 mark.
Pitt chipped at the lead, closing to one (68-67) on a 4-0 run courtesy of Logan. W&M surged to a five-point cushion at 72-67 after the fifth three-pointer of the game from Janine Aldridge and a free throw by Taylor Hilton.
The Panthers clawed back as freshman Krista Pettepier converted an offensive put-back and sophomore Brianna Kiesel knocked down a triple in front of her own bench to knot the score at 72-72 with 2:09 to go.
Pitt’s defense went into overdrive, forcing turnovers on the next three-straight W&M possessions. Briggs came up with one of the biggest plays of the game with 42 seconds left when she swiped the ball and hung onto possession for the Panthers to get a timeout.
Out of the stoppage, Kiesel smartly drove the near side for a lay-up. Her shot was blocked by Correal, but Logan was in position to grab the offensive board and get fouled. She converted both attempts from the charity stripe with 25 seconds to give Pitt a 74-72 lead.
The Tribe tied the contest for the 10th time with eight seconds remaining on a jumper from Hilton just inside the free throw line. Pitt had one last opportunity in regulation to grab the win with Kiesel’s shot in the paint bouncing off the front rim.
Logan grabbed the rebound – her 12th offensive board of the contest – and went to the free throw line with three-tenths of a second left. She hit both shots from the line to lift Pitt to its first victory in 2012 and snap a 17-game losing skid dating back to last season.
The Panthers trailed by 11 points in the first half at 17-6 after Correal put up her third-straight bucket and the foul at the 14:13 mark. Pitt used a 20-6 scoring run, capped by two-straight lay-ups from Anderson, to take a 26-23 lead with 7:28 on the clock. The Tribe took a 43-40 lead into the locker room.
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