Dec. 29, 2013
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PITTSBURGH - Junior guard Brianna Kiesel recorded her third double-double of the season with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Marquel Davis scored 16 second half points to lead the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team past Duquesne University, 67-57, on Sunday evening at the Petersen Events Center.
Kiesel, who was honored for scoring 1,000 career points prior to the game, shot 8-of-16 from the floor and went 11-for-12 at the free throw line. She also added five assists to her stat line. Davis, who was held scoreless in the first half, erupted in the final 20 minutes to score a season-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Pitt (8-6) shot 36.8 percent from the floor (21-of-57) and held the Dukes to just 30 percent shooting (18-of-60). The Panthers collected more rebounds than their opponent for the third-consecutive game, grabbing 47 to Duquesne's 43. The Panthers' bench also outscored the Dukes 19-2.
Duquesne (8-5) scored the first six points of the contest before Cora McManus got the Panthers on the board with a layup. Pitt shot 1-of-14 to open the game, but five early turnovers for Duquesne kept the Panthers close, and eight straight points from Kiesel had Pitt down just two points (12-10) at the under eight media timeout of the first half.
Kiesel continued to carry the offense, and her steal and layup with 4:04 left in the half gave Pitt its first lead of the contest at 17-16. Kiesel scored 16 first half points, including the final four to end the half as the Panthers took a 26-20 lead into halftime.
Pitt was 10-of-33 from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 6-of-10 from Kiesel. She also dished out three helpers, meaning she had a hand in nine of the Panthers' 10 first half field goals. Pitt's defense was stout, holding Duquesne to just 25 percent shooting (7-of-28) and 0-of-7 from behind the arc. The 20 points allowed by Pitt was tied for the lowest in the first half this season (Wagner on December 7).
Davis scored six early points to open the second half and her and-1 gave Pitt a 34-25 advantage with 15:47 left.
A Duquesne basket from Wumi Agunbiade brought the score to 34-29 in favor of the Panthers, but back-to-back hoops from Loliya Briggs and Davis kept Duquesne at distance as the Panthers led 38-29 with 11:47 remaining in the game.
A pair of free throws from Kiesel gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game at 40-29, but Duquesne would score seven of the game's next points to get within five at 41-36, and Kiesel picked up her fourth foul with 8:09 left and had to go to the bench.
Kiesel did not remain on the bench for long, but it was Davis who continued to produce for the Panthers. After the two teams each scored five points, Davis scored seven of the next nine Pitt points as the Panthers led 53-44 with 3:05 remaining.
The Panthers scored 10 of their final 12 points from the free throw line, and was 10-for-16 from the charity stripe down the stretch. Duquesne got within six with 23 second remaining on a pair free throws from April Robinson, but Pitt salted the game away with free throws from Logan and an uncontested layup for Kiesel, bringing the final score to 67-57.
The Panthers now venture into ACC play after finishing the non-conference schedule with a mark of 8-6. Pitt welcomes No. 22 Florida State in its first ever conference game this coming Thursday, January 2, at 7 p.m.
Notes: Kiesel moved into a tie with Jania Sims for 16th on Pitt's all-time scoring list with 1,097 career points...Over her past three games, Kiesel is averaging 23.3 points per game... Kiesel is 26-for-28 from the free throw over her last four games ...Cora McManus grabbed a season-high nine rebounds ......Pitt snapped Duquesne's four-game winning streak in the series and Pitt now leads the all-time series 20-12...Tonight's attendance was 2,681.