Jan. 11, 2013
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GAME 15: PITT (9-5, 0-1 Big East) vs. VILLANOVA (12-2, 2-0 Big East)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 • 6 p.m.
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano (Listen)
On the Air (TV): Big East TV Game of the Week
Talent: Bob Piccozzi, LaChina Robinson
Will Air Live: SportsNet New York; The Comcast Network, Philadelphia, TCN; Cox Sports TV, Rhode Island; Time Warner Cable, Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo; Cox Sports TV, LA-FLA-TX-AR-MS-GA-OK-VA; Full Court/ESPN3.com
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Live Updates on Twitter during game
Series Info: Villanova leads 36-19
Current Streak: VU, W2
Last 10:Pitt leads 6-4
Last Five: Pitt leads, 3-2
Home: Villanova leads 16-8
Away: Villanova leads 17-8
Neutral: Series tied at 3-3
Last Meeting: Jan. 2, 2012, Villanova 70, Pitt 62
First Meeting: Feb. 18, 1977, Pitt 89, VU 41
Head Coaches:Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-376/29th season overall; 161-133/10th at Pitt
Villanova: Harry Perretta (Lycoming, 1978); 629-395/35th season overall and at Villanova
Pitt Stat Leaders:
• Asia Logan, Jr., F, 16.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 6 double-doubles
• Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 14.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.9 apg
• Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, 8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Villanova Stat Leaders:
• Laura Sweeney, Sr.,F, 12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 35 steals
• Rachel Roberts, Sr., G, 10.5 ppg, 2.4 apg 20 triples
• Caroline Coyer, Fr., G, 7.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg
Storyline & Notables
• This is the 56th meeting between the programs. Pitt has faced Villanova more times than any other Big East foe.
• Six of the past eight meetings with Villanova have been decided by nine points or fewer.
• Junior forward Asia Logan has posted double-doubles in six games this season - second in the Big East.
The game can be seen live on the following networks: Sportsnet New York, Cox Sports Television, Time Warner Cable Syracuse, ESPN Full Court Package and ESPN3. It can also be seen on tape delay on Root Sports Pittsburgh (6:30 p.m.), The Comcast Network (11 p.m.) Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (11:30 p.m.)
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.
About the Match-Up
faced Villanova on 55 previous occasions, the most of any other opponent in program history. The series dates back to 1977 with the Wildcats leading 36-19, including a 17-8 lead on Pitt's home court. The Panthers had captured the past six straight meetings before Villanova recorded wins in the past two-straight games. Six of the past eight meetings have been decided by nine points or fewer. The past eight meetings have been less than a 14-point differential in the final tally.
Last season, then-freshman Brianna Kiesel had a career-high 26 points in a 70-62 loss at Villanova. She shot 10-of-21 from the field and was 6-6 from the free throw line. Marquel Davis and Asia Logan each had 12 points.
The Panthers had more field goals (25) than the Wildcats (23), but the difference turned out to be the shots converted behind the arc. Villanova knocked down 13 3-pointers to Pitt's three. Lauren Buford led VU with 19 points, which included five triples.
Villanova is 11-2 on the season and 2-0 in Big East play after defeating DePaul, 65-45, on Wednesday at home. A team known for its 3-point shooting numbers, VU went 3-of-25 (12%) from 3-point range versus the Blue Demons. The Wildcats found their success - instead - in the paint, registering 42 points.
As a team, VU has connected on 106 3-pointers - four more a game than its opponents. The Wildcats are shooting 40.1 percent on the season in 14 games, just above Pitt's 40.2 percent season output (ranked eighth and ninth in the Big East). The Wildcats are second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), averaging 16.0 assists to 11.1 turnovers.
Forward Laura Sweeny is pacing the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game. The senior has led the team in scoring in a team-best five games this season. Senior guard Rachel Robert is second on the team, averaging 10.5 points per game. She pumped in a season-high 19 points in the team's last game versus DePaul. Lauren Buford is ranked fourth in the Big East in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 40.4 percent of her attempts (21-of-52).
Villanova head coach Harry Perretta is the longest active tenured coach in the Big East (35 years) and the second longest among coaches in the league overall (Vivian Stringer, 42 seasons).
With a Win
A Pitt win over Villanova would be the ..
• first in Big East play since March 4, 2011 in the Big East Championship in Hartford, Conn. - a 63-60 win over USF.
• first regular season Big East win since Feb. 15, 2011 -a 60-57 victory over Providence at the Petersen Events Center.
• a win over St. John's on Jan. 16 would be first road win in Big East regular season play since at West Virginia on Feb. 5, 2011 (60-53).
Junior Asia Logan is ranked seventh among Big East leaders in scoring and fourth in rebounding, averaging 16.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. She is one of only four players to be ranked in the top-10 in both catgeories and one of only three to be ranked in the top-seven in scoring and top-five in rebounding - joining Kayla Alexander (2nd scoring, 5th rebounding) and Shenneika Smith (6th scoring, 3rd rebounding).
Opening Up League Play
Pitt began its last season in the Big East one week ago when it opened conference play at Seton Hall. Under head coach Agnus Berenato, the Panthers are 4-6 in Big East Conference openers. Overall, Pitt moved to 12-19 in Big East openers. Pitt and Villanova met last year in the 15th game of the season for the Panthers - as is the case this campaign.
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 166-285 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)
Notre Dame 3-20
St. John's 16-33
Seton Hall 26-22
Simply The Best
With a 67-49 win over Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 20, Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato became the program's all-time winningest coach. She surpassed former coach Kirk Bruce (1985-98, 13 seasons) for the most wins in women's basketball history at Pitt with her 159th win. Berenato, in her 10th season at Pitt this year, is the second-longest tenured coach behind Bruce.
Leading the Pack
Junior Asia Logan is averaging 16.5 points a game - through 14 contests. If she should continue that pace it would be the most points by a player in a season since the 2008-09 season. Shavonte Zellous averaged 22.0 points in Pitt's 33 games. The last few leaders in scoring for Pitt is:
2009-10 Taneisha Harrison, 12.9 ppg (31 games)
2010-11 Taneisha Harrison, 15.5 ppg (31 games)
2011-12 Brianna Kiesel, 13.6 ppg (30 games)
Excuse Me, I'll Take That
The Panthers matched a season-high with 13 steals at Old Dominion on Jan 2. 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 16.
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 Monachs on Jan. 2 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.
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.
Highs All Around
The 91 points scored versus Buffalo to end the calendar year on Dec. 29 were the most scored by a Panthers team since a 94-78 win over Central Michigan on Dec. 31, 2010 (ironically, also closed out a calendar year!). Current members Ashlee Anderson, Marquel Davis and Asia Logan were part of that squad.