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Pitt Women's Basketball Captures Third-Straight Win, Tops Wagner 65-39




Nov. 20, 2012

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PITTSBURGH – Junior Asia Logan led three double-figure scorers with 22 points as Pitt women’s basketball rolled to its third-straight win with a 65-39 victory over Wagner on Tuesday evening at the Petersen Events Center. Logan is averaging 21.0 points in the Panthers' first four games.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel registered 11 points, while junior Marquel Davis had 10. The Panthers (3-1) posted 19 assists on 26 field goals, eight of those a season and career high for redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs.

Nine players accounted for two or more rebounds with freshman Brittany Gordon pacing the pack with seven boards.

A sluggish start put Pitt in the hole by six points twice in the first three minutes of the game, but Logan led the come-back dropping seven of the Panthers’ first nine points to tie the contest at 9-9 at the 15:10 mark. Pitt would never trail from that point.

Davis drove the lane for two-straight buckets, pulling the Panthers to an 18-13 advantage. The Seahawks (1-2) tallied nine of the game’s next 13 points to tie the game for the third time at 22-22 following a three-pointer from Marie-Laurence Archambault with 4:24 remaining in the period.

The Panthers reeled off the final nine points of the half, capped off by a 30-foot buzzer beater from Kiesel to push Pitt to a 31-22 halftime lead. The Panthers scored 18 points off of 14 Wagner turnovers in the first stanza.

Pitt converted its first four field goals of the second half to build a 39-25 cushion with 17:40 showing. Briggs scored on one and assisted on three other field goals during that opening second half surge.

A back-door screen from Ugo Nwaigwe got Wagner to within 13 points at 43-30, but Pitt responded with scores from a host of players. Sophomore Cora McManus sandwiched two hook shots between a triple from teammate Abby Dowd, while freshman Krista Pettepier sailed high to tip in a miss as the Panthers jumped out to 52-32 edge with 8:40 to go.

The Panthers scored a season-high 27 points off of turnovers en route to the 65-39 win.

Eighteen (18) of Pitt’s 30 points in the paint came in the second half, as McManus (7 points, 3 rebounds) and Pettepier ( 6 points, 5 rebounds) combined for 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

With the win, head coach Agnus Berenato captured her 155th win at Pitt – just three shy of tying the women’s basketball program mark for victories at the school.