Dec. 20, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Junior Asia Logan had 26 points and sophomore Brianna Kiesel chipped in 23 as the Pitt women's basketball team rolled to a 67-49 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday evening at the Petersen Events Center.
With the win, Agnus Berenato picked up her 159th victory at Pitt to become the program's all-time winningest head coach. She passed Kirk Bruce (1985-1998) who compiled 158 wins for the Panthers.
Sophomore Chyna Golden helped with the cause, registering a career-high 15 rebounds. Freshman Brittany Gordon - in her first career start - had seven assists for Pitt, who moved to 7-4 on the season.
The Panthers hit their first six shots of the game to pull to a 12-3 lead to open the contest. Logan led the attack, scoring six of Pitt's first 12 points.
After the Mount narrowed the gap to six on a three-pointer, Pitt reeled off 12-unanswered points to build a double-digit cushion. Logan started and closed the surge, dropping a shot from the free throw line to put the score at 26-8 with 10:34 remaining in the first half.
The Mountaineers scored 20 of the game's next 31 to cut the deficit to nine at the break. The Mount dropped two triples in the final three minutes, including one from Jessie Kaufman at the horn as Pitt took a 37-28 advantage into the locker room.
Logan had 18 of her game-high 26 in the first stanza, while shooting 8-of-9 from the field in the half.
The second period began with a conventional three-point play from Kiesel. The guard was not done, rolling off the game's next nine points. Anderson ended the run with a fast-break lay-up off a thread the needle pass by Kiesel to give the Panthers their largest lead of the game at 48-28 at the 17:07 mark.
The Mount used the three-ball to gain ground, connecting on three over a five-minute period. The last capped a 15-4 spurt to cut the margin to 52-43 with 11:10 remaining.
Kiesel scored six points and Logan added four to fuel as the Panthers answered with a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 17. They led by no fewer than 15 the remainder of the game en route to the 67-49 win.
The Panthers hit the road for three-straight, beginning with a Dec. 29 contest at Buffalo. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
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