Jan. 4, 2014
GAME 16: PITT (8-7, 0-1) at VIRGINIA (7-6)
Sunday, January 5, 2014 • 2 p.m. ET
John Paul Jones Arena • Charlottesville, Va.
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Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Jen Tuscano
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Series History: Virginia leads, 2-1
at Pitt: Series tied, 1-1
at Virginia: UVA leads, 1-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team looks to earn its first ACC league victory on Sunday afternoon when the Panthers travel to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Pitt is coming off a hard-fought 78-69 defeat to No. 21 Florida State, while UVA will be playing its first ACC contest of the season and its first game since December 29th.
Brianna Kiesel scored a team-high 20 points against FSU and she has now scored 20+ points in three of her last four contests. During that span, the only game she didn’t reach 20 points was against Washington where she had 18. Kiesel is averaging 22.5 ppg over her last four outings and 5.3 assists. She is currently playing the best basketball of her career and is averaging a career-high 17.4 points per game, which rank her 9th in the ACC. She also ranks 7th in assists (4.3), 10th in free throw percentage (82.1) and 14th in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
Asia Logan has been Pitt’s most consistent player on the glass as she averages a team-high 7.3 boards per game, which ranks her 13th in the ACC. Pitt has out-rebounded three of its last four opponents, and during that stretch Logan has averaged 9.0 rebounds per game. She has pulled down double-digit rebounds four times this season and has tallied at least eight rebounds in nine contests.
The Panthers have found some consistency to their starting lineup. Pitt has had six different starting lineups this season, and 10 players have made at least one start, but for the past five games, Pitt has had the same starters (except for the Washington game, which would have been the same if Loliya Briggs did not sustain a minor injury in warmups).
Virginia has three players who score in double-figures, led by Ataira Franklin who averages a team-best 12.5 points per game. Franklin has made a team-high 21 3-pointers and shoots 31.3 percent from behind the arc. Sarah Imovbioh scores 11 points per game and averages a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game, which ranks her ninth in the league. Imovbioh shoots 57 percent from the floor (52-of-91), which is the 7th best percentage in the league. Faith Randolph is the third Cavalier in double-figures, scoring 10.8 points per game.
Despite Imovbioh making 57 percent of her shots, UVA ranks last as a team in field goal percentage, making just 38.3 percent of their shots (303-of-791). However, UVA ranks 6th in steals per game (10.7) and 4th in turnover margin (+4.0).
This will be the fourth meeting between Pitt and UVA, with the Cavaliers holding a 2-1 advantage. Virginia won the first two contests between the universities in the mid-90’s, but Pitt claimed the last meeting between the two schools, winning 68-58 on March 24, 2006 in the WNIT. This will be the first game between the two schools as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Pitt vs. UVA
Nov. 25, 1995 (at Virginia): UVA 103, Pitt 56
Nov. 22, 1996 (at Pittsburgh): UVA 64, Pitt 55
March 24, 2006 (at Pittsburgh): Pitt 68, UVA 58*
Pitt will have a week off before playing its next contest, which is back on the road at Clemson. The January 12 contest is scheduled to tip at 2 p.m.
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