Dec. 20, 2011
CANCUN, MEXICO - Four players scored in double figures to lead Pitt women's basketball to a 77-72 overtime win over Indiana in the first contest of the Caribbean Classic on Tuesday afternoon.
Freshman Brianna Kiesel led all scorers with 23 points, while redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson pumped in 21. The duo also combined to hand out nine assists.
Redshirt sophomore Leeza Burdgess added 13 points and 13 rebounds, her second career double-double. Sophomore Kyra Dunn had 10 points and six rebounds for the Panthers (6-5), who face Michigan State on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. EST.
The win was the 150th victory at Pitt for head coach Agnus Berenato, who is nine wins from becoming the program's all-time winningest coach.
The Panthers jumped out of the gate early, scoring the game's first 10 points and pulling to a 15-3 advantage at the 15:31 mark. Ashlee Anderson had seven and Kiesel four during the opening run.
Leading by 12 (23-11) following a three-foot jumper from Dunn with 8:36 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers began to chip at the lead.
IU tallied nine of the next 12 points to pull to six at 26-20 with 5:59 to go in the half. Pitt regrouped and received back-to-back scores in the paint from Dunn and Kiesel to make it a 10 point game at 30-20. The Hoosiers compiled a 10-4 spurt, closed by two field goals from IU reserve Milika Taufa, as Pitt claimed a 34-30 lead at the break.
The second half featured five ties and eight lead changes. After the Panthers took a 36-30 edge to stat the period, the Hoosiers rallied to steal the lead - their first of the game - just over five minutes in on a jumper on the left elbow from Jasmine McGhee, who had 21 points, to make it 41-40.
Neither team would lead by more than four points from that point as IU took that lead on two occasions, lastly with 4:19 to go on a pair of free throws from Candyce Ussery to give them a 55-51 lead.
The Panthers shifted the momentum, ripping off the game's next five points. The spurt was closed by a driving layup on the left side from Marquel Davis to give Pitt a 56-55 edge with 2:55 on the clock.
IU would regain the advantage at 57-56 from the stripe, dropping two at the 2:40 mark. The teams combined to miss the next seven shots before Ashlee Anderson stole the IU inbounds at halfcourt and went coast-to-coast for the 58-57 lead with 58 seconds left.
The game was tied three times in the final 52 seconds. Kiesel knotted the game at 60-60 on a layup with 41.6 seconds remaining. The Panthers were whistled for a foul on the other end as IU forward Aulani Sinclair hit the one of two from the line to give the Hoosiers a 61-60 edge.
With 10.7 seconds to go, Kiesel drained the second of her two free throws to knot the game for the fifth time. IU missed two opportunities in the waning seconds.
In overtime, the Panthers quickly pulled out ahead, 65-61, on jumpers from Kiesel and Anderson. After IU scored, Burdgess connected on two from the charity stripe and Kiesel added a basket from the weak side to make it a six point edge at 69-63. The Panthers hit 5-of-9 shots in the extra stanza, en route to the 77-72 lead.
The teams combined for 61 free throw attempts (Pitt - 22-of-32; Indiana - 17-of-29). Pitt had 42 points in the paint compared to 22 for IU.
Head coach Agnus Berenato picked up her 150th win at Pitt.
Freshman Brianna Kiesel paced the team in the scoring column for the third time this season. Kiesel pumped in her third contest with 20 or more points.
Ashlee Anderson had 21 points and six rebounds. Anderson is averaging 6.2 rebounds over the past five games. The 21 point performance is her second 20-plus showing of the season, as she scored a career high 29 on Nov. 15 versus Saint Francis.
Leeza Burdgess had her first double-double of the season and second of her career with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Burdgess has scored in double figures in two of the last three games and in four games this season.
Burdgess tied her career high (for the third time and twice this season) with 13 rebounds.
As a team, Pitt recorded a season-high 11 steals. Marquel Davis had three, while three other players had two each.
The Panthers moved to 16-14 in overtime games with the win. The victory snapped a two-game overtime slide. Pitt is now 2-0 in overtime games on a neutral game with the only other overtime game in a neutral setting occurring on March 24, 1994 against Gonzaga in Amarillo, Texas (WNIT).
The series between Pitt and Indiana now moves to 4-4.
The 77 points were the second-most of the season for the Panthers.