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GAME 19: PITT (9-9, 0-5 Big East) at GEORGETOWN (11-8, 2-3 Big East)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 • 4 p.m.
Washington, D.C., McDonough Arena

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Series Info: Pitt leads 27-22
Current Streak: GUW3
Big East Regular Season: Pitt leads 26-18
Home: Pitt leads, 16-9
Away: Pitt leads 11-10
Neutral: GU leads 3-0
Last Meeting: in Washington, D.C.: Feb. 23, 2011; GU 67, Pitt 57
First Meeting: Feb. 18, 1981, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Pitt 86, GU 72
Storylines & Notables:
• Today’s meeting with Georgetown is the 50th in the series.
• Saturday’s game begins a road swing - with four of Pitt’s next six games away from its home confines.
• The Panthers have hit just 46.5 percent of its free throw attempts in past three games - after connecting on 72.5% in first 15G.
Brianna Kiesel is the only player to have started every game this season for Pitt - and every game over her career (48).
• Kiesel or Logan have paced team in scoring in team-high 7 games each.  

Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-401/29th season overall; 161-137/10th at Pitt
Georgetown: Keith Brown; 11-8/1st season at GU and overall

Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 15.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6 double-doubles
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 13.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.1 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, 7.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg

Stat Leaders: 
• Sugar Rodgers, Sr., G, 24.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.5 spg, 3.5 apg
• Andrea White, Jr., F, 10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
• Sydney Wilson, Sr., C, 6.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Last Game Out
The Pitt women’s basketball team could not maintain a hot-shooting first half, falling 73-47 to No. 2/3 Notre Dame at the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday evening.  

The Panthers shot 48 percent in the first half, connecting on 12-of-25 shots to make it a six-point game at the half.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel led Pitt (9-9, 0-5 Big East) with 12 points and six assists. The Panthers were without the services of leading scorer Asia Logan.

The Irish opened the game with a 5-0 run and moved to a nine-point advantage less than five minutes into the game. A lay-up from Kayla McBride – the Irish’ high scorer with 19 points - helped Notre Dame pull ahead 16-5 at the 14:19 mark. Senior guard Skylar Diggins had eight of UND’s first 16 points.

Pitt roared back with one of its best offensive and intensity filled 10 minute periods this season. Kiesel started the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key and then followed that with a floater in the lane. Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs drained two from the free throw line with 12:38 left in the half to cut the deficit to 16-12.

The Irish scored two-straight baskets, but Pitt exploded for 13 of the game’s next 15 points. Briggs canned a triple from the far side to commence the run and Cora McManus closed it with a turnaround jumper from five feet out to give Pitt a 25-22 lead with 7:44 showing.

Diggins stopped the Panthers’ rally with a three on the right side and McBride had two from the charity stripe to put the Irish back on top, 27-25.

A jumper from Briggs and a fast-break conversion lay-up from Ashlee Anderson tied the contest for the second time at 29-29. Notre Dame had the final six-points of the half, taking a 35-29 lead at intermission.

The Irish hit eight of their first 12 shots of the second half and in total rolled out a 36-6 run to put distance on the scoreboard. Notre Dame registered 24 of their 42 paint points in the second period.

The Panthers shot 23 percent in the second stanza, scoring four of their six field goals of the half in the final five minutes.

About the Match-Up
Pitt and Georgetown boast a series that dates back to 1981. The first meeting took place on Feb. 18,
1981, an 86-72 Pittsburgh win at home.

The Panthers hold a 27-22 advantage in head-to-head meetings, but the Hoyas have won the past three. Pitt has wins in eight of the last 14 showdowns.  The teams met last season in the season opener for both teams and the earliest meeting in series history.

Georgetown posted an 82-54 win last season on Dec. 7, 2011- its largest lead in the series. Sugar Rodgers had 28 points on 8-of-18 shooting, while also posting four assists and five steals. The Panthers had three players nab double figures - led by Asia Logan’s 15 points off the bench. Brianna Kiesel had 11 points. Pitt committed 24 turnovers, resulting in 24 points for GU. The teams combined to take 121 shots, but Pitt converted just 16-of-60 (.267) shots and GU made 29-of-61 (.475).

In the last meeting in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 23, 2011, the Panthers had a nine-point lead in the game. They shot 60 percent in the first half and were by nine with 30 seconds to go before the halftime horn. GU scored five-straight to make it a four-point game (29-25) at intermission. The Hoyas rallied more in the second in the contest behind a flurry of 3-pointers, highlighting a 15-2 run and sealing the win. Sugar Rodgers had 16 for Georgetown, including four 3-pointers. Three players had double figures for Pitt, led by Taneisha Harrison with 16. The teams combined to make 41 visits to the free throw line (Pitt: 17- of-21; Georgetown: 9-of-20).

All-Time Series Bests vs. Georgetown
38     Kris Witfill, GU     1-30-91
31     Lorri Johnson, Pitt     12-10-88
17     Connie Hurt, Pitt     2-3-90
17     Anne Marie Gothard, GU     1-24-87
11     Kim Tirik, Pitt     12-15-84
11     Carol Morton, Pitt     2-23-94
9     Jill Cook, GU     1-16-88
6    Nickeia Morris, Pitt     2-3-98
5     Karen Sheehan, GU     1-29-92

The Panthers last win in the series came on Jan. 29, 2009 at McDonough Arena - a 50-39 win. Pitt played just seven players led by Shavonte Zellous’ 19 points en route to the commanding win. Pitt held a 48-34 edge in rebounding - which included 22 offensive boards.

Scouting Georgetown
The  Hoyas enter today’s game with an 11-8 record and a 2-3 mark in Big East play. GU is 6-2 at home this season.

Senior Sugar Rodgers is averaging 24.0 points, the best scoring average in the Big East and in the NCAA. She is one of four players to have started all 19 games for the Hoyas. Rodgers is also averaging a team-best 7.7 rebounds per contest and also a team-high 3.5 steals.  Rodgers is the program’s all-time scoring leader.

Junior Andrea White is second on the team in points per game (10.8) and rebounds (6.0). White earned a Big East weekly honor roll nod this past Monday. She has double-doubles in two of the past three games. Sydney Wilson is third on the team in scoring (6.8 ppg), while Samisha Powell is fourth (6.6 ppg). Both have started all 19 games and pull down a combined 10 rebounds.

GU has lost four of its past five games and dropped six of its last 10. They started the season with wins in four of their first five and seven of first nine games. The squad is averaging 64.8 points per game - the same as the average for its 19 opponents. They are averaging just over three more shots a game than foes - and converting 38.1 percent of their attempts.

What A Win Means ...
A Pitt win over Georgetown 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.
•  the first road win in Big East regular season play since at West Virginia on Feb. 5, 2011 (60-53).
The Panthers have lost 21 straight regular season league games and have fallen in 23-Big East contests overall.

Last Go-Round
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.  Notre Dame is also a future member of the ACC - with date still be determined.

Pitt Women's Hoops Heads to Washington, D.C. For Saturday Tilt With Georgetown

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