Nov. 20, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Sophomore guard Marquel Davis scored a game-high 26 points as Pitt women's basketball posted its third-straight win with a 77-70 victory over Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
Freshman Brianna Kiesel added a career-high 24 points, 15 of those in the first half. The point guard also set a Petersen Events Center record from the free throw line, converting 15 from the stripe (15-of-17). The previous record of free throws made on the Panthers' home court was 12 (Mandy Wittenmyer, 2002; Laine Selwyn, 2002), while the school record is 16 (Selwyn, 2002).
Sophomore center Leeza Burdgess registered her second-straight double-digit scoring contest, posting 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. She recorded three assists in a single game for the third-straight outing.
The Panthers (3-1) jumped out a 10-2 lead five and a half minutes into the game following a fast break layup and subsequent free throw from Kiesel. After a CMU basket, Pitt scored the next four straight - both fast break buckets - to take its largest lead of the first half at 14-4.
The Chippewas (0-3) threatened that lead, going on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 14-12 at the 11:09 mark.
Kiesel took the team on her back, netting the Panthers next six points - four of those from the free throw line - to create a 20-14 cushion. CMU cut the advantage to two points twice in the final three minutes of the period with Pitt taking a 32-28 lead at the half.
The Panthers stretched to their largest lead of the game in the early moments of the second on an offensive putback from freshman Chyna Golden to give Pitt a 40-28 edge.
CMU forward Jas'Mine Bracey scored three straight field goals to trim the lead to 40-34 with 16:05 on the clock. Two free throws from Kiesel and back-to-back scores in the post from Burdgess, again, made it a double-digit game.
The Chippewas rolled out a 7-0 scoring spurt to get within three (46-43) with 12:55 remaining, but that would be as close as they would come. Over a 2:35 span, Pitt rolled off 11 points, five of those from Burdgess and four from Davis to build a comfortable edge en route to the 77-70 win.
After three games in the past six days, Pitt is off until Saturday, Nov. 26 when they entertain Drexel at 2 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.
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