Jan. 18, 2014
Watch: ESPN3 | Pitt Panthers Television
Play-by-Play: Jeff Hathhorn
Color: Jen Tuscano
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 AM
Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Marcus Bowman
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Series History: Syracuse leads, 31-19
at Pitt: Series tied 12-12
at Syracuse: Syracuse leads, 17-7
Neutral: Syracuse leads, 2-0
PITTSBURGH – For the second-consecutive game, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team will welcome a former Big East rival in the Syracuse Orange, as the two teams meet for the first time as members of the ACC. This will be the 29th straight year the two programs have meet and the 51st time overall Pitt and Syracuse have squared off. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Girl Scout and ACC Day:
The Panthers will host Girl Scout and ACC Day on Sunday which will include numerous events and promotions throughout the day.
Girl Scout Day activities will commence at 12 p.m. with activities including face painting and balloon artists, poster making, and cheer clinics with the University of Pittsburgh Cheer and Dance teams. All scouts in uniform will have the chance to register and win a week at camp, with the winner to be announced at halftime.
Special Girl Scout Day videos will be played throughout the game, and scouts will be able to meet the Pitt Women’s Basketball team on the court and get their 2013-2014 poster signed postgame.
To honor the ACC Celebration, the Petersen Events Center will host an in-arena blimp with a landing area on Open Concourse for the viewing pleasure of all fans. To add to the excitement, plush toy prizes will be dropped from the blimp throughout the game, as well as mini-basketballs and 150 Pitt/ACC branded t-shirts to be distributed
Kiesel Soaring to New Heights:
Brianna Kiesel is leading the ACC in scoring during league action, averaging 21.8 points per contest. She has scored at least 20 points in every ACC game this season and has reached the 20+ point plateau in five straight contests and six of her last seven outings. She also ranks sixth in assists (4.5) and third in steals (2.8) during league action. Overall, her 18.2 ppg ranks her fourth in the ACC.
Another statistical category Kiesel is leading the ACC in is free throw shooting. During league action, Kiesel has gone 30-for-31 (.968). She has the highest percentage in the ACC and has attempted and made the most free throws. In all games this season, she ranks fourth overall at the line, making 85.6 percent (95-for-111). Her 95 made free throw attempts is 21 more than Kaela Davis of Georgia Tech, who has made the second most free throws in the league (74). Kiesel has also made 50 of her last 52 attempts.
Davis Stepping Up:
Marquel Davis had her third double-figure scoring performance of the season against Notre Dame, scoring 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. It was her second-straight double-digit scoring performance and the third in her last five games. Davis has been in the starting lineup in each of the last eight games, and since the move to the starting five, she is averaging 7.5 ppg. She ranks fourth in the ACC during league action in shooting percentage (15-of-25, .600).
Syracuse comes into the matchup with an identical 1-3 conference record. After starting the season 8-0, the Orange is just 4-5 in its last nine outings, while three of those losses have come to AP Top-25 teams (No. 19 Arizona State, No. 3 Duke, No. 6 Maryland). Brittney Sykes (17.1) and Brianna Butler (16.0) lead the Orange in scoring, ranking 10th and 15th, respectively, in the ACC.
The Panthers will have a week off before traveling to Duke for their next contest. It will be the fourth all-time meeting between Pitt and Duke. Tip is set for 2 p.m. on January 26.
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