Dec. 4, 2013
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PITTSBURGH - After a very closely contested first half, the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team was unable to slow down James Madison University in the second half as the Panthers suffered a 71-61 loss on Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center.
JMU's Toia Giggetts scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, and CAA Preseason Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder contributed 14 points to send Pitt (4-4) to its second-straight loss. Brianna Kiesel scored team-high 15 points for the Panthers, while Fred Potvin joined Kiesel in double-figures with 10.
The Dukes (6-2), who are receiving votes in the USA Today Top 25 Poll, outscored Pitt 28-12 in the paint and spun 17 Pitt turnovers into 21 points.
Bubbles Anderson opened the scoring, and Kiesel would score the next seven Pitt points as the two teams were deadlocked at nine after the first media timeout.
With JMU up one at 18-17, the Dukes reeled off an 8-2 run which was helped by the Panthers who shot 1-of-5 and committed four turnovers during that span. Pitt would regain its balance and scored nine of the final 13 points of the half, including a bucket from Kiesel as time expired.
The first half featured three ties and three lead changes, but JMU took a two point lead into the break at 30-28.
Anderson scored six of her eight total points in the first half, and also tallied three rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the first 20 minutes.
JMU came out red-hot in the second half, making seven of its first eight shots and stretched a two point halftime lead into 14 point advantage (52-38) when Burkholder nailed a three-pointer with 12 minutes remaining.
The Dukes' lead would swell to 20 with three minutes remaining, but Pitt refused to give up and scored the final 10 points of the game, bringing the final score to 71-61.
James Madison shot 47.6 percent for the game (30-of-63), including 51.5 percent in the second half, while Pitt was 37.9 percent overall (22-of-58). The Panthers were plus-8 on the free throw line, but were out-rebounded 41-34.
Pitt looks to enter back into the win column on Saturday when they travel to Staten Island to take on Wagner at Noon inside the Spiro Sports Complex.
Notes: James Madison earned its first win in the series history as Pitt now leads 2-1...Loliya Briggs led the team in rebounding for the second-straight game with eight boards...Fred Potvin has now reached double-figures in her past four games and is 11-of-21 from long range in her past three contests (.523). The Pitt bench outscored JMU 21-11.