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Pitt Women's Hoops Opens Big East Play At Seton Hall on Saturday




Jan. 4, 2013

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GAME 14: PITT (9-4) at SETON HALL (5-8)
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 • 2  p.m.
Walsh Gymnasium • South Orange, N.J.
BIG EAST OPENER FOR BOTH TEAMS

On the Air (Radio):
WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano (Listen Live)
On the Air (internet):  Webstream Video (Watch Live) via SHU All-Access (Fees Apply)
Social Media: Twitter, @PittWomensHoops; Facebook, Like Pitt Women's Basketball
Live Updates on Twitter during game
Series Info:Pitt leads 26-22
Current Streak: SHU +1
Last 10:Pitt leads 8-2
Home:  Pitt leads 14-8
Away:
Tied at 11-11
Neutral:
SHU leads 3-1
Last Meeting in NJ: Jan. 12, 2011, Pitt 64, SHU 58
First Meeting: Jan. 8, 1993, Pitt 79, SHU 71.
Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary’s, 1980); 444-396/29th season overall; 161-132/10th at Pitt
Seton Hall: Anne Donovan (Old Dominion, 1983); 54-104/5th season overall; 21-53/2nd season at SHU

Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 16.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, .494 FG%
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 14.6 8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 apg
•Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 5.6  ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg

Seton Hall
Stat Leaders: 
• Brittany Morris, Sr., G, 12.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, .927 FT%
• Ka-Deidre Simmons, So.-R, G, 10.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 46 assists
• Alexandra Maseko, Sr., F, 7.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg

Storyline & Notables
• Pitt is 12-18 all-time in Big East openers with this being its last year in the league.
• This is the first time Pitt has opened up league play on the road since the 2009-10 season.
• Pitt sophomore Brianna Kiesel is ranked third in the Big East in free throw percentage, while Seton Hall’s Brittany Morris is first.
Asia Logan is tied for second in the Big East in double-doubles with five (5).
• Saturday's game wraps up three-straight road games for the Panthers.
• Pitt looks for its fourth-straight victory with a win over Seton Hall.

About the Match-Up
Pitt and Seton Hall are meeting for the 49th time in program history. The Panthers hold a 26-22 advantage in head-to-head match-ups. The Pirates captured a 63-39 win last season in Pittsburgh. Prior to 2012, Pitt had won four-straight in the series. The series is tied at 13-13 in games on SHU’s home court.

Four of the last five match-ups have been decided by 20 or more points. Twenty of the 48 showdowns have come down to nine points or fewer -while 30 contests have been a 13-point difference in the final outcome.

Pitt associate coach Patty Coyle arrived at Pitt after a serving as the head coach of the WNBA’s New York Liberty. On her staff for her final year was Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan. Donavan was the first female Naismith College Player of the Year in 1983 (out of Old Dominion) and has four Olympic gold medals- two as a coach (assistant coach, 2004; head coach, 2008; two as a player, 1984, 1988). She was named the head coach of the Connecticut Sun on Thursday and will leave her post at SHU at the end of the season.

Another connections for the two schools include: Pitt redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs played at Potter’s House Christian School with Seton Hall sophomore Alexis Brown. Pitt sophomore Chyna Golden hails from Neptune, N.J. - just down Garden State Parkway from the SHU campus. Head coach Agnus Berenato is a NJ native, as well.

Scouting Seton Hall
The Pirates are 5-8 on the season with all five of its victories coming at home (5-3 record). Senior Brittany Morris paces the squad in points per game (12.2 ppg), three-pointers (23, 9th in the BE) and is tied for second in assists (36). She leads the Big East in free throw percentage, connecting on 92.7 percent of her attempts. Morris is one of three players to start all 13 games for SHU, along with Ka-Deidre (DiDi) Simmons (second-best 10.2 ppg) and Alexandra Maseko (third on team in points, 7.2 ppg). Simmons has posted a 14.4 scoring average and 5.0 assists over the past five games - that after missing last season with a knee injury. SHU is last in the league in scoring offense, averaging 55.3 points per game and also 15th in scoring margin (-3.6). They are one of only two teams that enter league play with a negative scoring margin.

Opening Up League Play
Pitt begins the Big East season this afternoon with today’s game 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 in Big East openers with a 5-12 road mark in Big East season starters. The Panthers opened last season’s Big East slate with Georgetown, falling 82-54 at home (Dec. 7, 2011). Today’s game marks the first time the Panthers have started Big East play on the road since the 2009-10 season - a 66-55 loss at Marquette. The last win in a true season starter on the road waas on Jan. 6, 2008 when Pitt bested DePaul in Chicago, 97-68. The last time Pitt opened the Big East slate with the Pirates was the 2002-03 season. Pitt dropped a 59-54 decision on Jan. 4, 2003.

Versus the Big East
Pittsburgh joined the Big East Conference beginning with the 1982-83 season. (the league formed in 1979). Against current members of the BIG EAST, Pitt has an 166-284 record. From 2005 to 2009, Pitt boasted a 31-23 mark against league competition. The Panthers have met Villanova more times (55) than any other current member of the Big East.

Big East team Record Against (W-L)
Cincinnati 9-3
Connecticut 9-40
DePaul 4-6
Georgetown 27-22
Louisville 2-7
Marquette 2-8
Notre Dame 3-20
Providence 20-28
Rutgers 3-25
St. John’s 16-33
Seton Hall 26-22
USF 7-4
Syracuse 19-30
Villanova 19-36
Totals 166-284

The Panthers matched a season-high with 13 steals at Old Dominion on Wednesday. Pitt also had 13 steals versus the Mount on Dec. 20 at home - one off the Petersen Events Center record. The all-time Pitt record for steals in a game is 25 (vs. Niagara on Nov. 22, 1981). Brianna Kiesel is pacing the team with 23 steals, while Ashlee Anderson is second with 15.

Close Calls
The win over ODU marked a turning point for the Panthers. Last season, Pitt lost three of its last seven games by five points or fewer. The one-point win over the Lady Monaches this past Wednesday was the first by three points or fewer since a 63-60 win over USF in the Big East Championship in 2011. It was the first win by a lone point since the 2009-10 campaign (a 76-75 overtime victory at Austin Peay).

The Panthers rallied from 12-down to defeat Brown, 58-57, on Nov. 24. The win was the largest come-from- behind victory since a 74-69 overtime over Lafayette last season (12/31/11 – 15 points down). Three times this season Pitt has come back from a double-digit deficit to post a win.

Red Hot
The Panthers shot 60.3 percent (30-of-58) from the field at Buffalo on Dec. 29, 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.

Road Warriors
After playing nine of its first 11 games at home to start the season, Pitt is wrapping up 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.

Remembering Newtown
As a unified show of support for the Newtown, Conn., community, BIG EAST men’s and women’s basketball teams will wear green ribbons during the first 26 games of conference play. Student-athletes will wear the ribbons on their shooting shirts during warm ups, while coaches and administrative personnel will wear the ribbons throughout their respective games. Pitt will don these ribbons this afternoon and in two more games this season.

Free Throw Success
The Panthers are shooting 72.9 percent as a team from the free throw line on the season -moving up to fifth in the Big East. Pitt shot 18-for-19 from the free throw line versus William & Mary on Nov. 11, converting a season-high 94.7 percent of their attempts. Much of that success came from Asia Logan who was 10-of-11 for the game, including 4-for-4 in the final 25 seconds. The Panthers have shot 70 percent or better in each of the past six games, including a 90 percent mark versus Loyola on Dec. 5 (9-of-10) and an 80 percent clip at Buffalo on Dec. 29 and an 87.5 performance (14-of-16) at ODU on Jan. 2. Brianna Kiesel is 37-of-39 from the free throw line in the past seven games.