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Pitt Women's Basketball Cannot Sustain Sluggish Shooting, Falls to Rider

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Dec. 16, 2012

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PITTSBURGH – Pitt sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 12 of her 17 points in the second half, but it was not enough as the Panthers dropped a 65-48 decision to Rider on Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. The contest marked the sixth annual Hometown vs. Hunger contest as fans donated non-perishable goods for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Junior Asia Logan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, her fourth career double-double. Logan has recorded double-digit rebounding totals in five games this season for the Panthers (6-4).

Rider (5-4) was paced by 20 points from senior guard Sironda Chambers, who also drained three of the Broncs’ four 3-pointers.

A long jumper from the left side from Ashlee Anderson gave Pitt a 9-2 edge at the 15:22 mark. The Panthers converted four of their first eight shots of the game, but from that point the offense stalled. Pitt would make just four of the its remaining 23 shots of the first half.

Rider took advantage of the missed shots and the 10 Pitt turnovers, taking its first lead at the 1:48 mark of the first period on a three-point play from Carleigh Brown. The Panthers drained two of their final three shots of the stanza to make it a two-point game (24-22) at intermission.

Pitt tied the game three times in the first 3:45 of the second half. A layup and subsequent free throw from sophomore Chyna Golden tied the score at 32-32 with 16:16 showing.

The Panthers took their first and only lead of the second period on a jumper by Abby Dowd with 14 minutes remaining. After a Rider turnover, Pitt was unable to capitalize and build any distance – missing its next five shots and committing two turnovers.

Kiesel ended the field goal drought with back-to-back baskets, the last at 8:33 would close the deficit to two at 45-43. That would also be the Panthers’ last field goal of the game.

The Broncs used an 11-0 run to build a 54-43 advantage with 5:30 to go. Free throws narrowed the margin to eight (54=46), but Chambers hit a triple on the next possession to help the Broncs seal the win.

Rider went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the last two minutes.

The Panthers host Mount St. Mary’s on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.