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Kiesel Powers Pitt Past Longwood, 86-60

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Nov. 26, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - Sophomore Brianna Kiesel poured in a career-high 27 points to help lead Pitt women's basketball to an 86-60 win over Longwood in non-conference action on Monday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Two Pitt players reached double-double status en route to the Panthers' fifth-straight victory. Junior Asia Logan registered her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Chyna Golden had her first (12 points, 10 rebounds).

Junior Marquel Davis chipped in 10 points for the Panthers (5-1).

Chelsea Coward paced Longwood (1-5) with 17 points.

With a five-point (35-30) edge at the half, Kiesel opened the second with a three-pointer from the far side and followed with an eight-foot jumper to push the Panthers to a double-digit advantage and force a Longwood timeout.

Kiesel continued to be the catalyst, scoring six of the team's next eight points as her fast-break lay-up at the 15:28 mark gave Pitt a 48-37 lead.

The Lancers closed to six twice over the next three minutes, but a 14-0 Panthers' run swung momentum in Pitt's favor for good. Golden and Davis each had four points over the spurt which gave Pitt a 66-46 lead with 9:33 remaining.

Longwood would pull to within 17 points (68-51) - only to see the Panthers tally nine unanswered points. Ten different Pitt players accounted for field goals in the second half as the Panthers shot 52.8 percent in the period.

Pitt registered its most points this season, posting an 86-60 win in the first meeting between the programs.   

Notes:  
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel tallied a career-high in points with 27. It marked her first 20-plus point performance this season and the eighth of her career. Kiesel also notched a season-high in field goals made (9).

Sophomore Chyna Golden garnered her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The 12 points were a career-high. The contest also marked Golden's second-straight double figure scoring game.

Junior Marquel Davis had 10 points, her third double-figure scoring game this season. Davis added five boards and has registered five or more rebounds in five of six contests (averaging 5.2 per game).

Junior Asia Logan posted her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a career high three steals.

Freshman Brittany Gordon collected her first collegiate career points, scoring four this evening. She also added a season/career-best five assists. Gordon had her five assists in just 11 minutes.

Freshman walk-on Bridget Higgins notched four points, her first points in a Panthers uniform.

Redshirt freshman Lo Briggs continues to pace the team in assists, averaging 4.3 per game. She has 3 or more assists in five of six games.

Pitt had 20 fast-break points, the most by a Panthers team since Dec. 5, 2009 (23 fast break points vs. Western Michigan in an 89-65 win).  

The Panthers averaged 20.6 turnovers in the first three games this season and have averaged 11.0 a game in the past three contests. Pitt had a season-low 10 turnovers.

Pitt had 44 points in the paint, tying the most this season (44 vs. William & Mary on Nov. 11).

The Panthers got 27 points from their bench, tops this season.

Pitt scored 86 points, the most for a Panthers squad since scoring 94 points at Central Michigan on Dec. 31, 2012 (94-78 win).

Head coach Agnus Berenato grabbed her 157th win at Pitt, one shy of the all-time women's basketball coaching record (Kirk Bruce, 158 wins).

The Panthers stretched their winning streak to five games, the longest since the 2009-10 season (eight games).