Dec. 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Senior Asia Logan tallied her 12th career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Brianna Kiesel scored a season-high 25 points to help the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team defeat Louisiana-Monroe 76-61 on Friday afternoon at Cox Pavilion.
Logan was 9-of-15 from the floor, while Kiesel hit 10-of-19 of her attempts. The Panthers (7-5) shot 48.4 percent overall (30-of-62) and out-rebounded the Warhawks 35-31. Sophomore Brittany Gordon had a career and game-high eight assists, while redshirt sophomore Loliya Briggs chipped in with 14 points. ULM (4-7) was paced by Ashleigh Simmons with 18 points and was 8-for-12 from the free throw line.
Logan scored six of the Panthers' first eight points as Pitt led 10-9 at the first media timeout of the game. The Panthers then pulled ahead 18-11 when Logan and Kiesel hit back-to-back 3-pointers, forcing ULM to use its first timeout with 11:19 remaining.
The Panthers continued to stretch its lead by turning defense into offense and used a 10-2 run to gain a 28-13 advantage after redshirt senior Ashlee Anderson scored four consecutive points. During that run, Pitt forced ULM into four turnovers and converted those into six fast break points.
Pitt's largest lead of the half came when Logan laid the ball in with 4:31 remaining, putting the Panthers ahead 37-17. ULM closed the half by scoring 11 of the final 13 points, and made three 3's during the span, but Pitt took a 39-28 lead into halftime. The 39 first half points matched Pitt's largest output of the season (Bucknell - Nov. 8).
Logan netted 14 first half points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Kiesel had 11 at the break. Gordon had six of her eight assists in the opening frame. Pitt turned 10 ULM turnovers into 18 first half points and for the game scored 26 points off of the Warhawks' 17 turnovers.
Pitt continued its solid shooting out of the break, opening the half on a 10-3 run and led 49-31 at the first media break of the half (15:57 remaining). Brigg scored seven of the team's 10 points out of the locker room and Pitt made four of its first six second half shots.
With Pitt leading 59-42, the Warhawks scored six-straight points to get as close as they had been since halftime, forcing coach Suzie McConnell-Serio into a timeout with 7:41 remaining and Pitt ahead 59-48. Pitt then scored the next five points out of that timeout - a three from Anderson and a fast break layup from Kiesel - increasing its lead to 64-48.
ULM had one final run in them, a 7-0 spurt, which got the Warhawks within nine (64-55), but the Panthers outscored ULM 12-6 in the final 3:37 to secure the 15 point victory.
The Panthers, who are shooting 66 percent from the free throw line on the season, drained a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Pitt outscored ULM 36-22 in the paint and had 16 fast break points to just seven for ULM. The points off turnovers (26) were the second-most recorded on the season.
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