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Late Rally Falls Short as Lafayette Defeats Pitt 48-45

Chelsea Welch played a career-high 31 minutes against Lafayette

Chelsea Welch played a career-high 31 minutes against Lafayette

Nov. 17, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - A second half rally fell short as the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team lost its first game of the season by the score of 48-45 to Lafayette on Sunday afternoon inside the Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers (2-1) fought back from an 11-point first half deficit and had a chance in the final minute of the game to tie or take the lead on two separate occasions, but was unable to convert as Lafayette (4-0) remained unbeaten on the season.

Brianna Kiesel had a game-high 15 points, 10 of which came in the second half, and added five rebounds and five assists to her stat line. Asia Logan chipped in with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Neither team shot particularly well from the floor as the Panthers were 30.2 percent overall (19-63) and the Leopards were 28.6 percent (18-63). Maddie Peabody and Danielle Fiacco paced Lafayette with 10 points apiece.

After Ashlee Anderson scored the opening points of the contest, Lafayette used a 10-0 run to gain a 10-2 lead at the 14:26 mark of the first half. The Leopards would stretch their largest lead of the half to 11 points on four separate occasions, but a bucket in the lane by Bubbles Anderson as time expired cut the Lafayette lead to 26-19 at the half.

The Panthers shot 25 percent in the opening frame (8-32), while Lafayette was 33 percent (11-33). Each team committed seven turnovers and the Leopards held a 26-20 advantage on the glass in the first half.

Anderson would then score the first basket of the second half, bringing the score to 26-21, but Lafayette used a 5-0 run to regain a double-digit lead at 31-21 at the 16:14 mark of the second half.

That would be the final double-digit lead of the game as the Panthers clawed their way back behind Logan and Kiesel. Logan kept Pitt close by scoring six-consecutive Pitt points over a two and a half minute span in the middle of the half, and Kiesel scored nine of her 15 points in the final 5:24 of the game.

Pitt would get within two after Kiesel hit a pull-up jumper with 3:34 remaining, but the Panthers would miss their next four shots. However, poor shooting and turnovers from the Leopards kept the score close and another jumper from Kiesel with :33 remaining once again brought Pitt within two at 47-45.

The Panthers would send Peabody to the line twice down the stretch and she converted 1-of-4 which set up an opportunity for Pitt to tie the game with a three-pointer. The Panthers had seven seconds to get down the court and attempt a three, but they were unable to get a shot off and suffered a 48-45 defeat.

The Panthers now hit the road for two straight, starting this Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Michigan. They will then travel to Loyola-Maryland on the 23rd before returning home to host Buffalo on Dec. 1 for their annual Hometown vs. Hunger game.