Dec. 21, 2013
LAS VEGAS – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team erased a 12-point first half deficit, but was unable to complete the comeback as the Panthers sustained a 76-69 defeat to the University of Washington on Saturday afternoon at Cox Pavilion.
Senior Asia Logan scored a team-high 19 points, followed by junior Brianna Kiesel with 18 and freshman Fred Potvin with 11. The Huskies were led by Jazmine Davis who had 30 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 11-for-12 at the free throw line. Davis, Kelsey Plum (19 points) and Talia Walton (14 points) took 47 of Washington’s 62 shots and made 21 of their 26 field goals. Pitt (7-6) shot 34 percent for the game (26-of-77) while Washington (6-4) was 42 percent from the floor.
Pitt did not lead at any point during the game, but had an opportunity to go ahead down the stretch of the contest. With the Panthers trailing 71-69 with 1:14 remaining, Kiesel took a 3-pointer that hit off the back rim and Washington scored on its next possession to go ahead 73-69. Loliya Briggs then missed another 3-point attempt with 46 seconds remaining and the Panthers had to foul which essentially iced the game for the Huskies.
Pitt got off to a rough start, missing its first 11 shots from the field and committing three early turnovers as the Panthers trailed 6-0 at the first media timeout. Sophomore Brittany Gordon got Pitt on the board with a driving layup, but the Huskies made four of their first seven 3-pointers and grabbed a 20-8 lead with 10:34 left in the half.
The Panthers though, would battle back as Logan and Cora McManus scored 10 of the team’s next 15 points and found themselves trailing 20-17 at the under eight media timeout.
Washington remained in front largely in part to Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis who combine to make seven 3’s in the opening 20 minutes and scored 23 of Washington’s 33 first half points. The Huskies connected on seven of their 17 attempts from behind the arc and led 33-28 at the break. McManus had eight points and five boards in the half to lead the Panthers.
Kiesel hit two early 3-pointers out of the locker room and had a key steal off of Washington’s inbound pass which resulted in a hoop for Marquel Davis, but Washington kept the lead and was up 43-39 at the first media timeout of the second half.
The Panthers cut the deficit to 48-46 when Fred Potvin connected on a transition three, but Plum matched that on Washington’s next possession, stretching the lead back to 51-46 with 11:13 remaining. The Panthers would score the next five points and Ashlee Anderson’s uncontested layup with 9:43 left tied the game at 51, marking the first of two ties in the game.
Washington gained a 65-57 lead after Jazmine Davis had two-consecutive three-point plays, but Logan took over for the Panthers, scoring seven-straight points to get Pitt within one at 65-64. Plum would then hit a pull-up jumper in the paint to increase the Huskies lead back to three with 3:37 left.
Jazmine Davis’ fourth and-1 of the game gave the Huskies a six point cushion at 70-64, but a Kiesel three and two free throws from Logan got Pitt back within one. Washington’s Aminah Williams made 1-of-2 at the line to put UW up 71-69, and then the sequence of the two missed 3-pointers for Pitt occurred as Washington hung on for the win.
For the second-straight game, Pitt was a perfect 10-for-10 at the charity stripe. The Panthers out-rebounded the Huskies 45-42 and outscored their bench 22-0. Kiesel, who averaged 18.3 points at the Duel in the Desert, represeneted Pitt on the All-Tournament Team.
Pitt will return to action on December 29th when the Panthers host local rival Duquesne in the annual City Game. Tip against the Dukes is set for 6 p.m. inside the Petersen Events Center.
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