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Jan. 28, 2013

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GAME 20: PITT (9-10, 0-6 Big East) at DePaul (15-5, 4-2 Big East)
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 • 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. EST)
Chicago, Ill., McGrath-Phillips Arena

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On the Air (TV): Pitt Panthers TV On The Comcast Network
On the Air (Radio):  WJAS 1320 (live and streamed on website via Pitt Panthers All-Access)
George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano
Live Stats/GameTracker:
Chicago, Ill., McGrath Arena
: Bryan Enterline, Jesse Dickerson, Luis Gonzalez
On the Air (Radio):
WJAS 1320 (live and streamed on website); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano
On the Air (TV): Broadcast in Chicago on The UToo (WCIU-DT2); Game will also air on Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network.
Talent: Dave Bernhard, Patricia Babcock McGraw
Live Stats/GameTracker -
Series Info:
DePaul leads 6-4
Current Streak:
DePaul W3
Big East Regular Season:
 DePaul leads, 5-2
Series tied at 2-2
 DePaul leads 3-1
Series tied at 1-1
Last Meeting:
 Jan. 14, 2012, Chicago, DePaul 86, Pitt 83
First Meeting:
Dec. 6, 1980, Pittsburgh, Pa., Pitt 85, DePaul 84 (OT)
Storylines & Notables:

• This is the first of two regular season meetings between Pitt and DePaul.
• Redshirt junior Abby Dowd drained a career and program tying seven 3-points the last time these teams faced off.
• Last year's showdown in Lincoln Park featured 12 lead changes and five ties.
• Pitt's last win in the series came in the Big East Championship quarterfinals on March 8, 2009 (62-59).

Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-402/29th season overall; 161-138/10th at Pitt
DePaul: Doug Bruno; 525-287/27th season at DePaul and overall

Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 15.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6 double-doubles
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 14.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, 6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, 6.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 apg

DePaul Stat Leaders: 
• Anna Martin, Sr., G, 16.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg ^
• Brittany Hrynko, So., G, 15.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 55 3-pointers
• Jasmine Penny, Jr., F, 14.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg
^out with knee injury for 1-3 weeks

Last Game Out
The Pitt women's basketball team saw a furious late second half rally fall short, dropping a 69-57 decision at Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel paced the Panthers (9-10, 0-6) with 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Junior Asia Logan tallied 19 points, 15 in the second half. Junior Marquel Davis chipped in a career-best 10 boards.

Senior Sugar Rodgers led the Hoyas with a game-high 25 points and nine assists.
Trailing by 14 at intermission, Pitt cut the lead to 33-21 to start the second half.  GU scored 10 of the game's next 12 points to extend its lead to 43-23 with 16:35 to play with all four field goals scored over the run tallied in the paint.

The Hoyas built their advantage to as many as 23 points, lastly on a put-back from junior Andrea White with 12:09 remaining. Pitt matched GU for scores over the next two possessions as the Hoyas moved to a 22-point edge (57-35) at the 8:15 mark.

The Panthers used a 14-4 run - commenced by back-to-back three-pointers from Abby Dowd and Logan - to cut the deficit to 12 at 61-49 with 5:05 showing. Logan closed the surge with a fast-break lay-up. An unforced turnover on Pitt's next trip down the court stopped the run.

 After two free throws by Rodgers, Cora McManus - again - made it an even dozen down with an offensive follow for the Panthers. The Hoyas pulled back ahead by 14 points on two more from the free throw line, but Pitt responded with a 4-0 run to close to 65-55 on a triple from Kiesel with 1:42 left.

 GU scored on its next trip down the court and a flurry of three's bounced off the rim for Pitt as its rally came too late.

 The Panthers out-rebounded the Hoyas, 48-39. For just the second time this season (in 19 games), Pitt failed to hold a single lead in the game. GU opened the game on a 19-8 run. The GU zone defense forced the Panthers to turn the ball over four times and hit just 3 of 12 shots in the first eight minutes.

 Pitt narrowed the lead to seven at 21-14 on a baseline jumper from Logan, but would get no closer the remainder of the half. Both teams went dry from the field with the Panthers experiencing a three-minute and a six-minute drought and Hoyas going six minutes without a score.

About the Match-Up

Pitt and DePaul are meeting for just the 11th time in program history with the Blue Demons holding a 6-4 edge in head-to-head meetings. The two teams first met during the 1980-81 season as Pitt took the 85-84 overtime win  in a tournament hosted by Pittsburgh.

Following a 26-year hiatus, the Panthers fell in the first two games of the reestablished series (and with the entry of DePaul into the Big East); first at DePaul (Jan. 3, 2006), 81-75, and again later that season at the Big East Tournament, 68-46 in the quarterfinal round in Hartford.

Pitt followed with two-straight victories and by capturing three of the next four, including a 62-59 Big East quarterfinal win in Hartford.

Tight Fight
Then-redshirt sophomore Abby Dowd had 23 points, but it was not enough as Pitt fell at No. 21/19 DePaul, 86-83, in the last meeting on Jan. 14, 2012.  The contest featured 12 lead changes and five ties. Dowd connected on 7-of-11 from 3-point range, tying a Pitt women's basketball program mark for triples in a single game. The 83  points were the most scored by Pitt all of last season. Ashlee Anderson, a Chicago native, had 19 points and Brianna Kiesel finished with 11 points and a career-high nine assists.

The Panthers exploded offensively to start the contest. After missing its first shot attempt, Pitt knocked down its next four to build a 10-2 lead and force DePaul to call a timeout at the 18:00 mark. Anderson had five over the run, including an old fashioned three-point play. DePaul opened an 11-4 run to cut the deficit to a point at 14-13 following a fast break layup by Martin. Pitt got a pair of buckets off of jumpers from Anderson and Asia Logan to move back in front by five with 13:13 on the clock.

Clinging to a 24-20 edge after a basket by freshman Cora McManus, the Blue Demons ripped off six-straight to move in front, 26-24, with 8:44 to go in the first period. Neither team led by more than three points the remainder of the half as DePaul took a two-point lead (43-41) into the locker room.

Dowd continued where she left off by depositing a triple - her fourth of the game - to give Pitt a 44-43 lead just seven seconds into the second half.

 Tied for the fifth time at 47-47, the Panthers put together a 12-3 scoring run to pull out to their largest lead of the game. Anderson had eight of Pitt's 12 points over the span as the squad led 59-50 with 15:42 to play. DePaul chipped at the lead quickly, scoring 14 of the next 15 points in the game for a 67-63 advantage with 11:41 remaining. The Blue Demons closed the run with two-straight treys.

Dowd quieted the rally with a triple of her own and she sandwiched another in between two more DePaul long-range marks. The last one with 10:10 to go gave the Blue Demons a four-point edge which commenced a 12-4 run that gave DePaul a 12-point lead (82-70) with 6:07 showing. The Panthers answered, tallying 10 unanswered points with scores from three different players.

After DePaul went ahead by four, Pitt got a free throw from Kiesel and a steal and subsequent layup from Anderson to make it a one-point contest (84-83) with 1:48 left.

 The Blue Demons had several tries to in the final minute, missing and then grabbing two offensive boards. Pitt's Kyra Dunn blocked Anna Martin's shot with 37.8 seconds left and five on the shot clock. The 3-point attempt with 34 seconds left was off the mark, but again DePaul center Katherine Harry came up with the rebound. Pitt was forced to foul as Martin dropped both free throws with 19 seconds on the clock for a three-point lead. The Panthers called their final timeout with 13.9 seconds to set up a final play. Anderson had a good look on a baseline three which rattled around the rim and out. The shot was rebounded by Dunn, whose attempt was also off the mark as Harry came up with the defensive board and DePaul escaped 86-83.

 About DePaul
DePaul is 15-5 on the season and 4-2 in Big East play. The Blue Demons have won eight of their last 10 games and boast a 10 game winning streak at home (McGrath-Phillips Arena). Over the home win streak, DePaul is averaging 85.3 points per game and holding opponents to just over 69 points.

Guard Anna Martin is pacing the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game. She is out 1-3 weeks with a knee injury suffered against Providence.  Martin tied the DePaul program scoring record against Pitt last season with 29 points. Brittany Hyrnko is averaging 5.5 assists per game, ranked second in the Big East. Backcourt mate Chanise Jenkins is fifth in the league, handing out 4.7 assists a game while Martin comes in at ninth (4.0 per game). The trio are accounting for 73 percent of the team's total assists - 18.8 per game which comes in at third in the Big East (behind UConn and Notre Dame).

Center Katherine Harry leads not only the squad, but also the Big East in rebounding pulling down 11.2 boards a game -- almost two more a game than her nearest league opponent. Harry is tied for third in the Big East in double-doubles (6) with Asia Logan and a pair of other players. Harry recently joined DePaul's 1,000 point club and is ranked 14th in scoring all-time among Big East currently players (Martin is fourth, 1,674 points).

DePaul is ranked third in the Big East in three-point field goal percentage (.330) and is second in total triples in the Big East (149) - they are averaging 7.5 per game. 

Odds & Ends

31            Shavonte Zellous, Pitt           1-6-08
29            Khara Smith, DePaul             1-3-06
29            Anna Martin, DePaul             1-14-12

18            Chelsea Cole, Pitt                  2-23-10
14            Khara Smith, DePaul             1-3-06
9              Jania Sims, Pitt                      2-24-07
11            Sam Quigley, DePaul            2-23-10

3              numerous times by many players
4              Keisha Hampton, DePaul      2-23-10
4              Katherine Harry                     12-7-10

What A Win Means ...
A Pitt win over DePaul 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 dropped 22-straight regular season games in league play and 24 in total.

 Welcome Home
Ashlee Anderson is a native of Chicago, a graduate of Whitney Young High School. Her senior year, the Dolphins were ranked second in the state and 19th nationally. An Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Third Team selection following her senior year, Ashlee helped lead Whitney Young to a runner-up finish at the state championship. She averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a senior. Her sister, Alexandra, was a standout track and field athlete at Morgan Park. She was a 17-time All-American at University of Texas, a three-time Big 12 Champion (Indoor 60-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, Outdoor 100-meter dash) and 19-time All-Big 12 honoree.

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