PITTSBURGH - Redshirt junior Abby Dowd drained the game-winning shot - a three-pointer - with 4.9 seconds remaining to lift Pitt to a 58-57 win over Brown in women's basketball non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. The victory was the fourth-straight, the longest winning streak for the Panthers (4-1) since the 2009-10 season.
Dowd finished with a season-high nine points, all from behind the arc. Redshirt junior Ashlee Anderson paced the Panthers in scoring with 16 points - all in the second half. The guard from Chicago added seven rebounds and four steals to the stat sheet.
Sophomore Chyna Golden chipped in a career-tying 10 points for the Panthers. Junior Asia Logan and sophomore Brianna Kiesel led the squad in rebounding with 10 and nine boards, respectively.
Brown guard Lauren Clarke paced all scorers with 20 points. Local product Caroline King - via Oakland Catholic - had 10 rebounds.
A three-pointer by Jordin Alexander at the 12:48 mark capped off a 14-2 opening run by the Bears as the Panthers hit just one of their first 13 shots of the game.
A 6-0 spurt fueled by consecutive fast-break layups from Kiesel closed the gap to six (14-8), but Brown scored six of the game's next eight to - again - take a double digit lead.
Trailing 26-17 with 2:14 remaining in the period, Dowd drained the first of her three 3-pointers and Logan followed with a pair from the charity stripe to cut the deficit to four (26-22) at intermission.
Similar shooting woes plagued the Panthers in the second half. A triple from the far side from Lo Briggs with 14:28 showing broke a 0-of-10 field goal slide and made it a six-point game.
Golden kept the Panthers in the game with prowess from the free throw, converting all six of her attempts in the opening seven and a half minutes. Her last two free throws made it 36-32 with 12:28 to go.
After a Brown triple stretched the visitors' lead to seven (39-32), Anderson took over by scoring 13 of the Panthers' next 15 points and defensively collecting two steals in a five and a half minute span. She got into Brown's passing lane, swiping to ball at midcourt and dashing the other way - converting the layup and putting the Panthers up 44-43 with 8:51 remaining. It was the first and only lead of the game for Pitt until the final shot.
Brown responded with eight-straight points to build a 53-44 cushion, but Anderson drained a three on the Panthers' next possession and Golden added a basket down low to pull Pitt to four.
The teams both turned up the defensive pressure over the next three minutes as the Panthers missed their next three field goal attempts and the Bears hit just one of six. Clarke converted her sixth bucket with 2:09 on the clock, pushing Brown to a 57-52 lead.
An offensive put-back from Kiesel with 1:39 to go closed the gap to three (57-54). Anderson went to the line with 43.2 seconds, connecting on the first of two from the line. The Panthers went to full court press, as Marquel Davis and Anderson swarmed Alexander- forcing the cough-up and gaining possession.
Head coach Agnus Berenato elected to call a timeout with 17.4 seconds remaining (15 on shot clock), inserting Dowd back into the line-up for offense. Out of the stoppage Kiesel's five-footer rimmed out, but Logan was able to snag the rebound and dish back to the point guard. Kiesel pitched the ball outside to Dowd, who calmly connected on the triple in front of her bench.
Clarke's jumper at the buzzer bounced off the front rim.
Game Notes >Head coach Agnus Berenato grabbed her 156th win at Pitt, two shy of the all-time women's basketball record.
>Redshirt junior Ashlee Anderson scored in double figures for the 24th time in her career, a team-best. The guard has three double digit scoring contests to her credit in five games this season.
>Anderson had all 16 of her points in the second half and all in a 9:14 span.
>Anderson assisted on four baskets, while scoring seven field goals therefore having a hand in 11 of the Panthers' 21 field goals on the afternoon.
>Sophomore Chyna Golden tied a career-best in points (10), while setting new personal bests in free throws made (6) and attempted (6).
>Sophomore Brianna Kiesel had nine rebounds, also tying a career-high.
>Junior Asia Logan corralled 10 rebounds, her second double-digit rebounding effort this young season. She is averaging 8.0 boards on the season.
>The Panthers rallied from 12-down to defeat Brown, 58-57. Previously this season, Pitt had come from behind over William & Mary by 11 points. The win was the largest come-from- behind victory since a 74-69 overtime over Lafayette last season (12/31/11 - 15 points down).
>The 54 rebounds are the most in a single game since 62 recorded at High Point on Dec. 2, 2011.