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Jan. 1, 2013

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Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 • 3 p.m.
Ted Constant Convocation Center • Norfolk, Va.

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Series Info:  ODU leads 3-0
Home: ODU leads 1-0
Away: ODU, 1-0
Neutral: ODU, 1-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 30, 1984, Evanston, Ill. ODU 89, Pitt 64

Pitt Stat Leaders:

Asia Logan, Jr., F, 15.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, .493 FG%
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 14.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.8 spg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 9.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 apg
•Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 5.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg

 Stat Leaders: 
• Jackie Cook, Sr., G, 17.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, .521 FG%
• Shae Kelley, So., F, 12.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg
• Mairi Buchan, Sr.-RS, F, 5.8 ppg, 26 assists
• Rebecca Allison, Jr.-RS, G, 5.6 ppg, 27 assists

Storyline & Notables
• Pitt is in the middle of a three-game road swing with today’s game in Norfolk, Va.
•This is the fourth meeting between the school’s and the first since 1984.
• ODU is the second team from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) the Panthers have faced this season.
• ODU is the third school from the another Commonwealth - this one, Virginia that Pitt has taken on this season (Longwood, William & Mary)
• Today’s game is the final non-conference contest for both schools.

About the Match-Up
Pitt and Old Dominion are facing off for the fourth time in program history. The Lady Monarchs hold a 3-0 edge in head-to-head meetings, each on a different court.

Jan. 10, 1978 H L 56-75
Jan. 13, 1979 A L 55-97
Nov. 30, 1984 N • L 64-89
• Wildcat Tournament/Northwestern (Evanston, IL)

Scouting Old Dominion
The Lady Monarchs are 9-2 on the season with a 5-1 mark at home. Senior guard Jackie Cook paces the team in points (17.6 ppg) and is second in rebounds (6.1 rpg). Sophomore forward Shae Kelley is the only other player in double figures, averaging 12.1 ppg. Having earned the most trips to the free throw line this season (44), Kelley is draining just 43.2 percent from the charity stripe. This season is Kelley’s first as a Monarch and she’s made the most of it -scoring in double figures in seven of 11 games.

As a team, the Lady Monarchs are assisting on almost 65 percent of their baskets. Three players have posted 24-or-more assists (2.1 or more a game). ODU is averaging 17.0 assists per game (tops in the CAA) and had 21 in its last outing versus South Carolina State. In addition, on defense - three players have 20-plus steals for a squad averaging 11.2 swipes a game (to opponents’ 8.3). otal trips to the free throw line.

ODU is 9-0 on the season when posting a better field goal percentage than its foes, 9-0 when registering more assists.

ODU leads the CAA in a host of categories, including scoring offense (67.4), scoring margin (+14.0) and turnover margin (+6.5). ODU will host the NCAA regional semifinals on March 31 and April 2 with the winner advancing to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.

There is Always a Connection ...

ODU assistant coach Tom McConnell is a native of Pittsburgh and the brother of Duquesne women’s hoops head coach Susie McConnell-Serio and former Pitt standout Kathy McConnell. Tom worked on the men’s side at Saint Francis (Pa) from 1992-99 with stops prior at Wake Forest, Marquette and even Pitt (as a volunteer men’s coach in 1982-83) -just to name a few. He was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Women’s AAU Basketball Team that won the 1984 national championship and featured his sister Suzie.

ODU has a rich women’s basketball history. Ironically, Pitt’s next opponent - Seton Hall- features one of the Lady Monarchs’ most recognized names in Anne Donovan. Her No. 22 is retired at ODU.

Versus the CAA
Pitt has a 14-9 record all-time against current Colonial Athletic Association member schools. The CAA was founded in 1983 as the ECAC South and became the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985 (it is based in Richmond, Va.).

The Panthers faced CAA member William & Mary earlier this season (Nov. 11, 2012) coming away with a come-from-behind 76-74 victory.

The Panthers faced CAA and Philly based Drexel last season. The Dragons posted a 71-50 win in the fifth game of the season for the Panthers. Prior to last season, the last time Pitt had not taken on a CAA team on the hardcourt since Dec. 29, 2007 - a 69-61 win over James Madison in Staten Island, N.Y. in a tournament hosted by Wagner College. Pitt had faced that same JMU squad nine months earlier in one of the most historic games in Pitt history – the first-ever NCAA Championship appearance. The Panthers beat the Dukes, 71-61 on March 18, 2007 in what waas also the first NCAA Tournament hosted by Pitt at the Petersen Events Center.

ODU is in its last season in the CAA, moving to Conference USA next season. They are ineligible for the postseason CAA Tournament thus will look to earn a postseason berth as an at-large.

Hot, Hot ... Hot
The Panthers shot 60.3 percent (30-of-58) from the field on Saturday at Buffalo, the highest mark since a 61.4 percent (35-of-57) effort versus Western Michigan on Dec. 5, 2009. It marks only the fourth time since 2006 a Pitt team has shot over 60 percent in a single game. The other two times were versus Cincinnati on March 4, 2006 (61.2%) and against Youngstown State on Nov. 29, 2008 (67.2 percent).  Against Buffalo, the Panthers also posted a 50 percent clip (5-of-10) from long range - its best mark from behind the arc on the season and highest total since Jan. 3, 2012 (Pitt’s first game of 2012!) - a 60 percent showing at Villanova.

Highs All Around
The 91 points scored at Buffalo were the most scored by a Panthers team since a 94-78 win over Central Michigan on Dec. 31, 2010. Current members Ashlee Anderson, Marquel Davis and Asia Logan were part of that squad.

Stepping Out Late
Today’s game at Old Dominion is the latest non-conference game to start a for a Panthers team since 1998. That Pitt squad dropped a 68-62 decision to cross-town rival Duquesne at Civic Arena on Feb. 5, 1998.

Simply The Best
With a 67-49 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 20, Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato became the program’s all-time winningest coach. She surpassed former coach Kirk Bruce (1985-98, 13 seasons) for the most wins in women’s basketball history at Pitt with her 159th win. Berenato, in her 10th season at Pitt this year, is the second-longest tenured coach behind Bruce.

Road Warriors
After playing nine of its first 11 games at home to start the season, Pitt is in the midst of a three-game road stretch that started at Buffalo on Saturday, Dec. 29. After its bus trip to upstate NY, the Panthers will fly to Norfolk, Va. to face Old Dominion on Jan. 2 - and then bus to New Jersey to open Big East Conference play at Seton Hall on Jan. 5. In total, the Pitt has a stretch of four of five games on the road. After returning home on Jan. 12 (to host Villanova), the Panthers are at St. John’s on Wednesday, Jan. 16.The Panthers begin their final season in the Big East on Jan. 5 at Seton Hall. Pitt - who played its first Big East season in 1982-83 - will join the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2013 as an all-sports member.

Looking Ahead
Pitt will open the Big East season on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Seton Hall. Under head coach Agnus Berenato, the Panthers are 4-5 in Big East Conference openers. Pitt has dropped its last three season Big East openers. Overall, Pitt is 12-18 all-time in Big East starters.

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