Nov. 23, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior Asia Logan scored 15 points and collected nine rebounds to lift Pitt women's basketball to a 60-54 win over Loyola Maryland on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
Logan - a Baltimore native - added three steals and two blocks, while shooting 5-of-10 from the field. Junior Brianna Kiesel had 12 points, while freshman Fred Potvin added 10 as Pitt improved to 3-2 on the season.
The Panthers committed a season-low eight turnovers; the fewest by a Pitt team since March 21, 2009 against Montana (6 turnovers).
"A win is a win. We pulled the game out by grinding it out, by changing the pace and being more aggressive on the offensive end," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We plugged away one possession at a time. It was a hard-fought game and a great team win."
The Greyhounds tore out of the gate, pulling to a 21-9 lead to start the game. Kara Marshall led the charge for Loyola, tallying nine of her team's 21 points to help build the largest lead of the game for either team.
Loyola pulled ahead by a dozen for the second time at 23-11 with 11:14 showing following a pair of free throws.
The Panthers exploded offensively from that point, unfurling an 18-3 run over the next seven minutes. Potvin dropped six points and Logan had four over the surge which saw Pitt move to a 29-26 lead with 4:17 left in the first period.
The teams combined to miss their next eight shots until Marshall broke the drought to tie the contest at 29-29. Pitt would go inside for its last points of the stanza with Bubbles Anderson hitting a turnaround and Kiesel connecting on the second of two from the charity stripe for a three-point (32-29) lead.
Pitt missed six of its first eight shots of the second period, allowing Loyola to retake the lead at four, lastly at 43-39 on a layup from Nai Brown. The Panthers tallied the game's next six points, four of those courtesy of Potvin. The last - a driving layup thru the paint - gave Pitt a 45-43 advantage with 10:38 remaining.
Loyola went back ahead by three, before a roll-and-drop 3-pointer by Logan at the top of the key tied the game for the seventh time at 48-all with 7:48 left. The Panthers would go 8-for-8 from the free throw line over the final five and a half minutes - that coupled with timely defense allowed Pitt to take the 60-54 road win.
The Greyhounds (1-4) were led in scoring by Marshall, who scored a game-high 20 points.
After three of its first five games of the season on the road, Pitt returns home on Tuesday, Nov. 26 to host Mount St. Mary's. The game marks the start of a three-game homestand.
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