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Dec. 15, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Junior Brianna Kiesel became the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 career points and the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team shot 52 percent in the second half to rally for a 63-49 victory over Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.

Kiesel scored 17 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine. She was joined in double-figures by senior Asia Logan with 13 points and redshirt sophomore Loliya Briggs with 11. The Panthers (6-4) shot 43.9 percent overall (25-of-57), including 14-of-27 in the second half and held ODU to 32 percent shooting overall (17-of-53).

ODU's Chelisa Painter was the only Lady Monarch (5-5) to score in double-figures with 10 points. Pitt out-rebounded its opponent for the second time this season, grabbing 44 boards, compared to 32 for Old Dominion. Kiesel and Marquel Davis tied for a team-high with nine rebounds apiece, and Davis now has 20 total rebounds in her last two games.

The Panthers were hindered by 12 first half turnovers, but only trailed 28-24 at halftime. Pitt never led in the first half, and fell behind by as much nine when Michelle Brandao hit an elbow jumper with 3:18 remaining in the half, bringing the score to 28-19. Pitt however, would score the final five points of the half, including a 3-pointer from Ashlee Anderson as time expired.

Pitt made 11 of its 30 shots in the first half, and was just 2-of-10 from behind the arc. ODU shot 38.5 percent in the opening frame (10-of-26).

Logan scored Pitt's first five points out of the locker room and the Panthers tied the game at 35 with back-to-back fast-break layups from Kiesel which put her over 1,000. Kiesel's layups started a span of six-consecutive made field goals for the Panthers.

Old Dominion tied the game at 45 with a free throw from Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Shae Kelley, but Pitt would then use an 11-0 run over a span of 4:24 to separate from the Lady Monarchs. Four different Panthers scored during the run, and Pitt held ODU to 0-of-4 shooting with three turnovers during that stretch.

Old Dominion would not be able to get within nine for the remaining 4:27 of the contest as Pitt went on for the 14 point victory, 63-49.

The Panthers now travel to Las Vegas, Nev. to partake in the `Duel in the Desert' from Dec. 19-21. While in Vegas, Pitt will take on DePaul, Louisiana-Monroe and Washington.

Notes: Kiesel became the 7th fastest player in program history to score 1,000 career points and the first player to do so since Jania Sims in 2011...It was also her 16th career outing of 20+ points...This was Pitt's second best shooting performance of the season. Pitt shot 49.2 percent at Michigan...Pitt went from down nine in the first half, to up 14 when the final buzzer sounded, making it a 23-point turnaround - It's largest tunraround of the season...Ashlee Anderson led the team in assists for the third time this season with five...Loliya Briggs drew four charges this afternoon...This is the Panthers' second-consecutive 14 point victory (defeated Wagner 69-55 last Saturday). 

Kiesel Scores 1,000 Career Points; Pitt Defeats ODU 63-49

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