Jan. 24, 2014
GAME 20: PITT (9-10, 1-4) at No. 3 DUKE (19-1, 6-0)
Sunday, January 26, 2014 • 2 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Play-by-Play: Ryan Craig
Color: Debbie Taylor
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 AM
Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Jen Tuscano
Social Media: Twitter: @PittWomensHoops; Facebook: Like Pitt Women’s Basketball
Series History: Duke leads, 4-0
at Pitt: Duke leads, 1-0
at Duke: Duke leads, 1-0
Neutral: Duke leads, 2-0
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team will look to put an end to a three game skid this Sunday afternoon when the Panthers travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the third-ranked Duke Blue Devils. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and will be available on ESPN3.
Moving Up The Career Ranks:
Junior Brianna Kiesel is having a career-year. She is one of the most productive guards in the ACC and is the only player in conference to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and assists. She is eighth in scoring average (17.9) and seventh in assists (4.1). Kiesel is also moving up very fast in the Pitt record books in both of those categories. She is currently 12th on the career scoring list with 1,196 points, and is 14th on the all-time assists list with 255. She needs two assists at Duke to pass Jo Jo Guzman for 13th, who dished out 256 helpers from 1993-97.
Free Throw Improvement:
The Panthers rank seventh overall in free throw shooting at 70 percent from the line, but they have been even better in ACC play and are third during league play, making 76.6 percent at the line. Pitt has made 72 of its 94 free throws in ACC play and their success in largely in part of Brianna Kiesel and Asia Logan. Kiesel is 34-for-36 (.944) at the line in league play, while Logan is 19-for-27 (.704). The two have combined to shoot 64 of the team’s 94 FT attempts during ACC play and have 53 of the team’s 72 makes at the line.
Duke is currently leading the ACC with a perfect 6-0 mark in ACC play. The Blue Devils are the third-ranked team in the nation and have an overall record of 19-1. Duke is coming off an 85-77 overtime victory at Florida State on Thursday night in which the Blue Devils outscored FSU 12-4 in the overtime period.
A high powered and efficient offense, Duke has five players who average double-figure scoring, led by Tricia Liston at 17.6 ppg. Elizabeth Williams (13.7), Alexis Jones (12.5), Haley Peters (11.6) and Chelsea Gray (10.8) are the other four players to score in double-figures, while Peters averages a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game, and Gray a team-best 7.2 assists per game which is tops in the league.
As a team, Duke shoots 50.6 percent from the floor which is second in both the ACC and in the nation (behind Notre Dame). The Blue Devils are battle-tested as they have beaten five ranked teams this season (No. 9 California, No. 16 Purdue, No. 17 Oklahoma, No. 5 Kentucky and No. 24 Florida State). Their lone loss of the season came to No. 1 UConn.
Duke has won the first four games in this series, two of which came in neutral locations. The most closely contested game came on Dec. 8, 2007 when the two teams met at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Madison Square Garden. Duke escaped that game with a 51-49 victory. The other contests in the series have seen Duke win comfortably by an average margin of 36 points.
After the Blue Devils, the Panthers return to the Petersen Events Center for a two game home-stand. Pitt will host Boston College on Thursday, January 30, and will then play Georgia Tech that next Monday, February 3.
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