Jan. 18, 2013
GAME 17: PITT (9-7, 0-3 Big East) vs. MARQUETTE (9-7, 1-2 Big East)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 3 p.m. (DH, following men's game at Noon)
Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh
GIRL SCOUT DAY
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano (Listen)
On the Air (internet): ESPN3
Social Media: Twitter, @PittWomensHoops; Facebook, Like Pitt Women's Basketball
Live Updates on Twitter during game
On the Air: Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network
Jeff Hatthorn, Jen Tuscano
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed on website)
George Von Benko, Ashley Battle
Live Stats/GameTracker www.PittsburghPanthers.com
Series Info: Marquette leads, 8-2
Current Streak: Marquette W4
Home: Pittsburgh leads 2-1
Away: Marquette leads 4-0
Neutral: Marquette leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Feb. 4, 2012, Milwaukee, MU 72, Pitt 48
First Meeting: Jan. 18. 2006, Milwaukee, MU 71, Pitt 62
Guest Coaches: Susan and John Albrecht
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-399/29th season overall; 161-135/10th at Pitt
Marquette: Terri Mitchell (Duquesne, 1989) 319-195/17th season at MU and overall
Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 16.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 6 double-doubles
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 13.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.9 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, 7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Marquette Stat Leaders:
Katherine Plouffe, Jr., F, 13.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.6 apg
Arlesia Morse, So., G, 11.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Sarina Simmons, Sr., F, 9.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 spg
Storyline & Notables
Eight of the 10 meetings have been decided by 13 points or less and five of the nine games by nine points or
About the Match-Up
Pitt has a 2-8 record all-time against Marquette. The Golden Eagles are 5-2 against the Panthers in Big East regular season action, while Pitt holds a 2-1 advantage in games at the Petersen Events Center. The teams have twice met in the Big East Championship.
Eight of the 10 meetings have been decided by 13 points or less and five of the 10 games by nine points or fewer. The last time these teams faced off in Pittsburgh was on Girl Scout Day on Jan. 29, 2011 - a 74-70 overtime loss for the Panthers.
Most points in a single game:
Shavonte Zellous (Pitt) 31 1-30-09
Christina Quaye (MU) 29 1-9-07
Most rebounds in a single game:
Chelsea Cole (Pitt) 21 1-2-10
Katherine Ploufee 15 2-4-12
Most assists in a single game:
Jania Sims (Pitt) 7 1-9-07, 3-4-07
Angel Robinson (MU) 10 1-2-10
Most blocks in a single game:
Chelsea Cole (Pitt) 4 1-2-10, 1-29-11
Sarina Simmons (MU) 4 2-4-12
The Golden Eagles are an identical 9-7 on the regular season, but have a 1-2 league record. MU is coming off a win - its first Big East - over Seton Hall in New Jersey on Tuesday. Junior Katherine Plouffe is leading the team in both points (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6) Herr 7.6 boards are ranked eighth in the Big East. Plouffe is shooting 52.8 percent from the floor.
Like Pitt, the Golden Eagles have a young squad. They field a team of eight underclassmen and just one lone senior. MU has lots several players to injuries, including junior point guard Gabi Minix with a torn ACL. Freshman Ashley Santos will redshirt this season after a knee injury put her out of commision.
The Golden Eagles have had nine different starting lineups in 16 games. They have had four players score double figures in six games and have had at least two players net double digits in 14 of their 16 games.
Marquette head coach Terri Mitchell attended and played basketball at Duquesne, where she was a four-year letterwinner and co-captain. She grew up in Harrisburg, Pa.
Last Year's Meeting
Pitt women's basketball dropped a 72-48 decision to Marquette on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Al McGuire Center. Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson was the only Panther in double figures with 13 points. The loss was the 10th for the Panthers in Big East play. Marquette was paced by Arlesia Morse with 24 points which included a 5-of-6 effort behind the arc. Katherine Plouffee added 19 points and 15 rebounds (the 15 boards are the most in the series).
After Pitt scored the game's first basket, MU hit seven of its next eight shots to pull to a 17-7 advantage with 14:37 on the clock. Kyra Dunn had four of the Panthers' first seven points.
Pitt tallied six-straight points - four of those coming from Anderson - to close to four points (17-13) with 10:50 showing. After MU built the lead back to seven, Golden scored on an offensive put-back to cut the deficit to 21-16 at the 8:00 mark. The Golden Eagles used a 16-9 run to end the first half to pull to 11 (36-25) at the break.
Marquette reeled off 12-straight points to open the second half. The Panthers did not score in the second half until nearly five minutes in. That began a 13-0 scoring run for Pitt with 9:58 remaining to make it a 48-38. Marquette was held without a field goal for seven minutes and ended the drought with a 3-pointer to end the Pitt rally. After building the lead back to 15, The Panthers scored three unanswered to close the gap to 55-43 with 4:58 to go - but would get no closer. Pitt posted a season-high 15 steals in the contest. The Panthers shot 25.5 percent (14-of-55) from the field, to the Golden Eagles' 51.9 percent effort (27-of-52).
What A Win Means ...
A Pitt win over Marquette 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 next weekend at Georgetown would be the first road win in Big East regular season play since at West Virginia on Feb. 5, 2011 (60-53).
Junior Asia Logan is ranked ninth among Big East leaders in scoring and sixth in rebounding, averaging 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Logan is one of only four players to be ranked in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding - joining SU's Kayla Alexander (2nd scoring, 3rd rebounding) and St. John's Shenneika Smith (7th scoring, 4th rebounding) and GU's Sugar Rodgers (1st in scoring, 7th in boards).
Pitt began its last season in the Big East on Jan. 5 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. This season marks the final Big East campaign for Pitt. They join the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning July 1, 2013.
Against the League
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 166-287 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 16-34
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 16.0 points a game - through 16 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)
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