Jan. 10, 2014
GAME 17: PITT (9-7, 1-1) at CLEMSON (8-8, 0-2)
Sunday, January 12, 2014 • 2 p.m. ET
Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, S.C.
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320
Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Jen Tuscano
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Series History: Clemson leads, 4-2
at Pitt: Series tied, 1-1
at Clemson: Clemson leads, 2-0
Neutral: Series tied, 1-1
CLEMSON, S.C. – Coming off its first ACC league victory, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team looks to win back-to-back conference road games this Sunday when the Panthers travel to Clemson, S.C. to take on the Tigers. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Pitt topped Virginia 79-75 last Sunday in Charlottesville to even its conference record at 1-1. The Panthers were led by reigning ACC and USBWA National Player of the Week Brianna Kiesel who had a game-high 26 points and seven assists.
Kiesel is coming off one of the most memorable weeks of her career. The accolades piled in for the junior point guard, who was named ACC Player of the Week on Jan. 6, and was recognized as the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week one day later. In Pitt’s first week in ACC league action, Kiesel averaged 23 points and seven assists while shooting 53.6 percent from the field against No. 21 Florida State and Virginia. Kiesel is the first player in the program history to be named ACC and USBWA Player of the Week.
In Pitt’s victory at Virginia, the starting five for the Panthers came up huge. Kiesel, along with Loliya Briggs, Asia Logan, Marquel Davis and Ashlee Anderson combined to score 74 of Pitt’s 79 total points. Kiesel had a game-high 26 points, while Lo Briggs made a career-high four 3-pointers en route to scoring 18 points. Asia Logan scored 12 (all in the first half), while Anderson and Davis contributed 11 and seven points, respectively. Anderson was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
However, Pitt did receive some contribution from its bench at UVA as Chyna Golden pulled down a season and game-high 10 rebounds against the Cavaliers. After not playing in the previous two games, Golden logged 20 minutes and helped the Panthers outrebound UVA 34-30. Pitt has now outrebounded its opponent in four of the last five contests, and six times overall this season. They are 5-1 when grabbing more rebounds than their opponents.
Where She Ranks:
Kiesel is arguable the most productive guard in the ACC. She is the only player in conference to rank in to top 10 in both scoring and assists per game. Kiesel ranks sixth in scoring (17.9) and assists (4.5). She is also seventh in free throw percentage at 83.9 percent and has made 33 of her last 34 from the line. (She has made the most free throws in the league with 78). Her 1.6 assists/turnover ratio is 11th best in the league, and she averages 35.8 minutes per game, which is the second most in the ACC. She has played at least 30 minutes in every game this season and played all 40 in her last outing against Virginia.
Clemson has lost four of its last five contests, and none of those four losses have been particularly close. The Tigers were beat by Oregon State, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech by an average margin of 24.8 points, while their one win during that span was a 84-37 thumping over NJIT.
Clemson is led in the scoring department by Nikki Dixon, who is the only player averaging double-figures with 11.3 points a game. Just like Pitt, Clemson has had an ever changing lineup as nine of the 11 players on the roster have earned at least one start. Quinyotta Pettaway is tied with Pitt’s Asia Logan for 16th in the ACC, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game. Her teammate Charmaine Tay also helps on the boards, grabbing 9.5 per game. Tay is the second leading scorer as well, at 9.5 points per contest.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2004 when Clemson claimed a 51-38 victory over the Panthers on Clemson’s home court. The series started in 1976 and Clemson holds the all-time advantage, 4-2.
The first meeting was in 1976 when the two met at the Mississippi Invitational. Pitt won that inaugural contest by a score of 72-61. This weekend, Pitt will try to stop Clemson’s three game winning streak in the series.
12-17-76: W - 72-61*
12-21-78: L - 68-75**
12-6-81: W - 67-64
1-23-84: L - 72-94
12-21-03: L - 47-62
12-11-04: L - 38-51
* Mississippi Invitational (Oxford, MS)
** Carolina Christmas Classic (Chapel Hill, NC)
Up Next: The Panthers will return home for their next two games as they welcome familiar foes. Unbeaten and second-ranked Notre Dame comes to town on Thursday, Jan. 16, which will be followed by Syracuse on Jan. 19. The Syracuse game is Girl Scout Day and ACC day.
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