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PItt Women's Basketball Rolls to 78-50 Win Over Saint Francis

Nov. 15, 2011

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PITTSBURGH – Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) scored a career-high 29 points to help lead the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team to a 78-50 win over Saint Francis (PA) on Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Freshman guard Brianna Kiesel finished with 17 points – 11 of those in the second half - nine rebounds and eight assists for the Panthers (1-1). Sophomore Abby Dowd (Tipp City, Ohio) had 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

Anderson chipped in a career-best eight rebounds while sophomore Kyra Dunn (Sacramento, Calif.) collected 12 boards, also a career high. Redshirt sophomore Leeza Burdgess (Miami, Fla) also had 12 rebounds.

Nickia Gibbs paced Saint Francis (0-2) with 13 points.

The Red Flash led 12-9 midway through the first period before Pitt answered with a 9-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish. Anderson had four points over the three-minute run which pushed the Panthers to an 18-12 edge.

SFU closed to four on the next possession, but Pitt used a 10-2 tear – highlighted by two offensive put-backs by sophomore Dunn – to move ahead, 28-16 with 3:13 left in the first half. Pitt stretched the lead to 13 (35-22) at the half.

The Red Flash scored the first five points of the second period to make it an eight-point game. Dowd responded by draining a baseline 3-pointer which started a 19-4 scoring spurt that pushed the Panthers to a 54-31 advantage.

After scoring 37 points in their season opener, Pitt tallied 78 final points – the most since 79 against West Virginia last season (2/5/11). The 78 points are the most in a win for the Panthers since a 79-48 victory over Cincinnati on Feb. 1, 2011.  

Pitt shot 47 percent in the contest compared to a 27 percent clip for Saint Francis.

Pitt is back in action on Friday, Nov. 18 hosting Loyola at 11 a.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The contest is the third-annual School Day and over 2,700 elementary and middle school students are expected to attend. The game will be the 800th contest of Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato’s career.