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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.

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

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