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Nov. 20, 2011

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Pitt 77, Central Michigan 70
November 20, 2011
Petersen Events Center

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Agnus Berenato

Opening statement:

“I am very proud of Brianna (Kiesel) and Marquel (Davis).  I thought that they really took over and I don’t know that I say that very often. Brianna and Marquel were very persistent and it really paid off.  I thought that it was a very hard fought game. I think you really see a difference since our first game.

Each team was playing each possession like we were fighting for our life and that’s how we felt.  I felt that way, so I know they felt that way and I know the other coach felt that way, as well as their players.  Hence, I think that’s the reason there were so many turnovers.”

On similar statistical outputs:

“We were separated by one turnover.  Rebounds, we both had identical 39.  It’s unheard of to have the same amount of rebounds.  Turnovers, it was a difference of one, blocks, each team had exactly three.”

On free throws being key in win:

“I thought that today we won the game on the free throw line and that’s something we have been struggling with (in other games).  Again, Brianna did a fabulous job with that (shooting 15-of-17)..  Marquel was great as she was 4-of-5, as well.  Our goal is 80 percent and we were 83.3 percent today.”

On Leeza Burdgess’ performance:

“I also thought that Leeza Burgess came in and really gave us a spark (and) that was amazing.  She is really becoming a strength and a power house off the bench and I think that she shocks people by her strength.  She had 13 points, eight rebounds and she shot 6-of-9 from the field.  I am just so proud of Leeza Burdgess.”

Quoting Pitt guard Marquel Davis

On career-high 26 points:

“I didn’t really pay attention to how many points I was scoring, so I didn’t know how many I had until the end of the game.  I was really just focused on executing our plays, pushing the ball in transition and keeping my team hyped.”

On staying composed in game of runs:

“Just not panic.  I think that was what we did best.  Even when they would come down and make a run and the game would get close again, just not panic.”

Quoting Pitt guard Brianna Kiesel

On career-high 24 points:

“I didn’t really pay attention to my scoring numbers.  I was really just trying to do what I do best which is attack and then dish.” 

On feeling more comfortable as a collegiate point guard:

“I’m not really feeling like a college player because I’m still averaging seven turnovers, which really isn’t good.  Every game, I still feel nervous, I still have those jitters, but as time goes on with Coach B and my teammates helping me out, hopefully those will go away.”

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