Jan. 6, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior point guard Brianna Kiesel has been named the ACC Player of the Week for averaging 23 points and seven assists against Florida State and Virginia, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Kiesel shot 53.6 percent for the week, and guided the Panthers to their first ACC victory with a 79-75 win at Virginia on Sunday. She made 15 of her 28 total shots and dished out 14 in the two games, while playing 78 of a possible 80 minutes.
“Brianna has improved every aspect of her game and she is playing great basketball right now. This is a well-deserved honor, especially because this was the first week of conference play for everyone,” head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said.
In a nine point loss to No. 21 Florida State, Kiesel led Pitt with 20 points had seven assists. She followed that performance up by scoring a game-high 26 points and dishing out seven helpers at UVA.
Kiesel is the only player in the ACC who ranks in the Top 10 for both points and assists. Kiesel is scoring 17.9 points per game and dishing out 4.5 assists, which both rank her 6th in the ACC.
She has made 39 of her last 41 free throws and is shooting 83.9 percent from the free throw line overall, which is 7th best in the ACC. She is also averaging 35.8 minutes per game, which is second most in the league. Kiesel played all 40 minutes vs. Virginia.
The Utica, N.Y., product has scored 20+ points in three-straight games and four of her last five outings. Dating back to last season, she has reached double-figure scoring in 22-consecutive games. This is Kiesel’s first career ACC honor.
Kiesel will lead the Panthers into Clemson this coming Sunday, January 12, as Pitt will look to win back-to-back road games. Tip-off with the Tigers is set for 2 p.m.
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