Pitt improves to 2-0 all-time against Lafayette. The first meeting took place on Nov. 21, 1999 with Pitt posting an 80-43 win at home.
This is the third-straight season Pitt has played on Dec. 31 (3-0in those games). Under Coach Berenato, Pitt is 8-1in the last game of a calendar year and 23-15overall. This game against Lafayette concludes the Panthers non-conference schedule.
Pitt used its fourth different starting line-up this season. Freshman TiAnna Porter started for the first time after returning from injury five games ago. She is third freshman to start a game for the Panthers this season.
Redshirt sophomore Abby Dowd and freshman Brianna Kiesel are the only two players to have started all 14 games this season. Additionally, redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson has earned a start in the last nine contests and redshirt sophomore Leeza Burgess has gotten the nod in the past six games.
Burgess scored a season-high 14points, topping her previous season high of 13.
Marquel Davis earned double figures for the sixth time this season, including three out of the last four games.
Abby Dowd leads the team in total three-pointers with 22. She had two against Lafayette.
Since Pitt played Indiana, the Panthers had not scored more than 18 points in the paint in each of the past three games. Against Lafayette, Pitt tallied 32 paint points.
Pitt trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, marking the biggest comeback victory since 2008. That Panthers team was down by 15 points to Louisville at home on Jan. 27, 2008 and posted a 76-67 victory.
The win is the second overtime victory of the season, following a 77-72 overtime win over Indiana on Dec. 20.
The victory is also the second this season in which Pitt has come back from double-digits (14 versus Michigan State) and also the second of the year when the Panthers trailed at the half (2-6).
Pitt went to the free throw line a season high 35 times, topping previous season-best of 32 (vs. Indiana, 12/20) and also hit 25. The 25 made free throws was also a high, besting the 22 drained against Indiana.
The 35 free throw attempts were just two off of a Petersen Events Center record (37, vs. Syracuse on Jan. 9, 2008)
Lafayette shot 55.8 percent from the field, the best of any opponent this season (29-72). They were just the second team to shoot over 50 percent from the field versus the Panthers (the other was Duke, .500, 36-of-72).
The Leopards also had 27 assists on 29 field goals, the best of any opponent this season and a Petersen Events Center record for an opponent (ties with Connecticut on Jan. 30, 2010).
Head coach Agnus Berenato is sixwins away from tying the program mark for most wins by a head coach in program history at Pitt (158).
Today’s meeting between Pitt and Lafayette was a very personal encounter. Coach Berenato and Lafayette coach Dianne Nolan share a special bond having both played at Gloucester Catholic High School in New Jersey. Nolan’s mother, Bertha “Bert” Nolan, was their coach and mentor. She won over 500 games as a high school coach and coached her girls’ team to the first state title in New Jersey in 1973.