Jan. 2, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Pitt women's basketball kicks off 2012 on the road at Villanova. The Panthers (8-6) face the Wildcats (10-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion.
Pitt has won three of its past four outings, including a 74-69 overtime win over Lafayette in the last non-conference game of the season on Dec. 31. The Panthers have won two overtime games this season, the most extra stanza games in a single season since 2009-10.
Freshman Brianna Kiesel continues to pace the Panthers in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game while sophomore Marquel Davis is averaging 11.0 points a contest.
Pitt (8-6) at Villanova (10-3)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Villanova, Pa., The Pavilion
Officials: Barbara Jo Smith,
Bryan Enterline, Michele O’Connor-St. Pierre
On the Air (Radio and Video): WJAS, 1320 AM - Scott Stiller/ Jennifer Tuscano
Series Info: Villanova leads 35-19
Current Streak: Villanova, W1
Home: Villanova leads 16-8
Away: Villanova leads 16-8
Neutral: Series Tied at 3-3
Last Meeting in Villanova:
Feb. 17, 2010, Pittsburgh 74, Villanova 69, Villanova, Pa.
First Meeting: Feb. 18, 1977, Pittsburgh 89, Villanova 41, Villanova, Pa.
Storylines & Notables:
• Tonight’s meeting is the 54th between the rivals - the most for Pitt against any other Big East team.
• The Panthers have won four of their last five games.
• The first team to 62 points may win - Pitt is averaging 62.4 points a game, while Villanova is averaging 61.1 points through 13 games.
• Villanova is 2nd in BE in 3’s made per game (7.8), Pitt is 15th (2.6).
Pitt has faced Villanova 54 previous times, the most of any other opponent in Panthers history, in a series that dates back to 1977, the Wildcats lead the all-time series, 35-19 -- which includes a 16-8 advantage on their home court.
The Panthers had captured the past six straight meetings before Villanova posted a 54-52 win in the last regular season game on Feb. 28, 2011 last season. Pitt blew a three point halftime advantage and an 11-point lead in the game (12:44, 1st half), falling on senior night.
Odds & Ends
Most points in a single game:
31 Lorri Johnson, Pitt 2-1-89
35 Laura Kurz, VU 2-18-09
Most REBOUNDS in a single game:
19 Lorri Johnson, Pitt 2-26-90
13 Kathie Beisel, VU 2-23-83
13 Nikki Benedix, VU 2-8-92
Most ASSISTS in a single game:
7 Lisa Fubio, Pitt 2-6-85
7 LaTonya Blanton, Pitt 1-27-99
11 Karen Hargadon, VU 2-4-87
most blocks in a single game:
3, numerous times by several players
4, VU by three different players.
Villanova enters Tuesday’s game with a 10-3 overall record - ironically, last season when the teams met the Wildcats also had 10 wins - but were 10-18.
Junior Laura Sweeney leads the team in scoring and is the only player in double figures with 16.8 points recorded per game. She has had double figures in 10 games for VU with a career high of 27.
Villanova, well-known for its three-point prowess, has connected on 102 triples (35.4 percent of total field goals). The Wildcats have assisted on 67.4 percent of their total field goals and average 61.1 points per game, 14th in the BIG EAST (actually up 10 points from a season ago when the teams met which was at 511. points). VU is ranked fifth in the league in scoring defense, holding opponents to 50.8 points per game. The Panthers are 16th in the league in scoring defense (66.6).
Villanova head coach Harry Perretta is the longest active tenured coach in the BIG EAST (34 seasons) and the second longest among BIG EAST coaches overall (C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers, 41 seasons). PItt head coach Agnus Berenato is ranked fourth among league coaches in active overall years (28 seasons).
Last Time We Saw You at Your Place
The teams last met at the Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. on Feb. 17, 2010. Chelsea Cole and Shayla Scott each had double-doubles to pilot Pitt to a 74-69 victory over Villanova, its sixth straight in the series. Cole had 15 points and 16 rebounds while Scott had 18 points and 11 boards. Five players reached double figure totals for the Panthers overall. Pitt led by 11 at the half, schooting 42.6 percent in the game and 66.7 percent (4-6) from behind the arc.
Tonight’s game is a homecoming for associate head coach Patty Coyle - a Philadelphia native who is in the West Catholic High School Hall of Fame (1999). Coyle also coached at Saint Joseph’s (1989-92)Head coach Agnus Berenato grew up close to the city limits of the City of Brotherly Love - attending Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester, N.J. - is just across a pair of bridges - Walt Whitman and Benjamin Franklin. In addition, Pitt has one New Jersey player on its roster - freshman Chyna Golden. She is a native of Neptune, N.J., located just 74 miles from Philadelphia.
Give Me Five More
The Panthers moved to 2-0 in overtime affairs with their 74-69 overtime win over Lafayette on Dec. 31. The last time a Pitt team played two overtime games in the same season was during the 2009-10 campaign - Pitt bested Austin Peay, 76-75 and dropped an 87-80 decision to Syracuse in the extra five. The Panthers are now 17-14 all-time in overtime games. The overtime game on Saturday was just the ninth under Agnus Berenato, who holds a 6-3 overtime record at Pitt.
The journey to Cancun in late December was just the second road trip of the season for the Panthers. Pitt is 0-2 in road games this season, but 2-0 in neutral game affairs. Pitt was home for 10 of its first 14 games - and was 5-4 in those games.
Ring in the New Year
A new year begins for the Panthers. In the first game of a calendar year under head coach Agnus Berenato, Pitt has a 3-5 mark.
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