Dec. 7, 2013
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In a game of runs, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team (5-4) defeated Wagner College (1-6) by a 69-55 score on Saturday afternoon at the Spiro Sports Center.
Junior Brianna Kiesel led the Panthers in scoring for the seventh time this season with 19 points, 11 of those from the free throw line (11-for-13). Redshirt freshman Bubbles Anderson poured in a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and added six rebounds and four blocks to her stat line.
Senior Marquel Davis had her most productive game of the season, chipping in with seven points and a career-high 11 rebounds (six offensive). Wagner was paced by Jordyn Peck and Jasmine Nwajei who both reached their season averages with 17 and 13 points, respectively.
“The focus was trying to get the ball inside. When we did, good things happened,” head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “We need to continue to have a balanced scoring attack inside and out. It was nice to have Marquel [Davis] back healthy and to see her contribute both offensively and defensively.”
Pitt scored the first eight points of the game, but Wagner responded with the next seven. Pitt would then put together its largest run of the season – a 17-0 spurt over a 10 minute span – which gave the Panthers a 25-7 advantage.
Ashlee Anderson and Bubbles Anderson led the charge with six points apiece during the run, while Fred Potvin and Chelsea Welch also contributed to the run with buckets (Potvin’s a 3-pointer). Pitt held Wagner scoreless for just about 10 minutes during the run (15:15 to 5:26).
However, Peck bought the Seahawks back by connecting on three-consecutive 3-pointers in the midst of a 10-2 Wagner run, bringing the score to 27-17. Pitt would ultimately lead 29-20 at halftime and held Wagner to 20 percent shooting in the first half (5-25), the lowest mark an opponent has shot against the Panthers in the first half this season. Four of the five Wagner field goals came from 3-point range.
Wagner’s Jasmine Nwajei scored six of her 13 points in the first three minutes of the second half as the Seahawks used a 10-2 run out of the locker room to even the score at 31. Davis then scored the next four points for the Panthers and that started another run, this time 10-2 in favor of the Panthers, which pushed the score to 41-33.
After a steal and layup from the Seahawks’ Nwajei cut the Pitt lead to 51-47, the Panthers outscored Wagner 17-8 down the stretch to hold on for the victory. Kiesel, Bubbles Anderson and Asia Logan scored 25 of the final 28 points for the Panthers and scored 32 of Pitt’s 40 points in the second half.
Pitt shot 41 percent overall (24-of-58), while Wagner shot just 31 percent (18-of-58). Pitt held the advantage 34-18 in the paint and the Panthers’ bench outscored Wagner’s 20-10. Both teams pulled down 41 rebounds. Pitt assisted on 21 of their 24 made field goals.
The Panthers will return to game action after finals week on Sunday, Dec. 15 at home against Old Dominion. Tip with the Lady Monarchs is set for 2 p.m. inside the Petersen Events Center.
Notes: With 19 points today, Brianna Kiesel is five points away from 1,000 in her career…The game was tied at 31, but Pitt never trailed at any point…Asia Logan scored all eight of her points in the second half…Pitt shot 50 percent in the second half (13-of-26)…Half of Wagner’s field goals were from behind the arc (9-of-28 from three).
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