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Pitt Women's Basketball Overcomes Lafayette, 74-69, in Overtime

Freshman TiAnna Porter earned her first season on Saturday. She had seven points.

Freshman TiAnna Porter earned her first season on Saturday. She had seven points.

Dec. 31, 2011

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PITTSBURGH - Pitt women's basketball roared back from a double-digit deficit to collect a 74-69 overtime victory over Lafayette on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. The contest was the second extra stanza affair for the Panthers (8-6) this season.

Pitt was led in scoring by freshman guard Brianna Kiesel with 15 points, while redshirt sophomore Leeza Burdgess and sophomore Marquel Davis each added 14. Pitt connected on 25-of-35 free throws in the game, including scoring nine of its final 13 points in regulation from the charity stripe.  

Trailing by 11 with 4:17 to play, the Panthers scored seven-straight to close to four at 56-52. Kiesel started the run with a 3-pointer from the far side and Logan and Burdgess added makes from the free throw line for the difference.

After a pair from the stripe from Lafayette, Pitt got back-to-back scores in the paint from Davis and Burdgess to cut the deficit to 58-56 with 1:23 remaining.

Again, a pair of free throws created distance as the Leopards pulled back to a four-point edge. Lafayette leading scorer Emily Homan (22 points) was whistled for her fifth foul with 1:03 to play and Burdgess responded to the pressure by calmly draining two to - again - make it a two-point game (58-60) with 1:03 showing.

With 27.9 seconds left, Kiesel hit two more from the line. On the ensuing possession, Pitt pulled out the full court press which forced a Lafayette turnover in front of the Pitt bench. Burdgess made the first of two to knot the game at 61-61 with 17.7 ticks. Lafayette did not get a shot off as the game went into the extra stanza.

In overtime, Pitt jumped out early - scoring nine of the period's first 11 points. Abby Dowd had five points over the run, including the opening field goal - a triple - and the closing basket to pull the Panthers out ahead, 72-65 with 2:32 on the clock.

A jumper silenced the Panthers briefly, but Kiesel used the glass to knock down a four-footer and build a comfortable advantage with 1:51 to play.

The Leopards closed to three (72-69) with 50.5 seconds after a free throw and had a chance to pull even, but turned the ball over on their last two possessions. With 14.8 seconds, Kiesel made it a two-possession game with two more from the free throw line as Pitt grabbed the 74-69 win.

In a game of runs and surges, Pitt opened the contest on a 7-0 spurt. Lafayette counted with a 9-0 rally to take its first lead at 9-7 with 12:44 left in the half.

The Panthers retook the lead thanks to freshman TiAnna Porter, who sandwiched two offensive put-backs in between a Lafayette basket. Her last field goal at the 9:01 mark of the first gave Pitt a 16-15 slim lead. Lafayette rolled off a 12-3 run to take an eight point edge - its largest of the first period - and led six at the break.