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GAME 22: PITT (9-12, 0-8 Big East) vs. PROVIDENCE (6-15, 1-7 Big East)
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.  •  Petersen Events Center

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On the Air (TV): Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network (Channels 188/210)
Jeff Hathhorn, Jennifer Tuscano
On the Air (Radio): 
WJAS 1320 (live and streamed on website); George Von Benko, Ashley Battle
Live Stats/GameTracker:
Series Info:
PC leads 28-20
Big East Regular Season: 
PC leads, 26-20
Current Streak:
Providence W1
Pitt leads 15-9
Providence leads 17-5
Providence leads 2-0
Last Meeting
: Jan. 28, 2012, Providence, R.I.,  Providence 66, Pittsburgh 50
Last Meeting in Pittsburgh:
Feb. 15, 2011,  Pitt 60, PC 57
First Meeting: 
Jan. 5, 1983, Pittsburgh, Pa, Pitt 75, PC 68
Storylines & Notables:
• Pitt’s Big East regular season win came agianst Providence on Feb. 15, 2011.
• The Panthers look to snap their 28-game regular season Big East slide with tonight’s game.
• Sophomore Brianna Kiesel is leading the Big East in minutes in league only games, 38.5 per game.
• Kiesel (8G) or Asia Logan (9G) have led the squad in the scoring column in a combined 17 games.

Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-404/29th season overall; 161-140/10th at Pitt
Providence: Susan Robinson Fruchtl (Penn State, 1982); 80-98, 6th season overall; 6-15/1st at PC

Pitt Stat Leaders:

Asia Logan, Jr., F, 15.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6 double-doubles
Brianna Kiesel, So., G,  14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 7.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 6.3 ppg, 2.2 apg

Providence Stat Leaders: 
• Symone Roberts, Sr., G, 14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, team-high 74 steals
• Tori Rule, So., G, 13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
• Brianna Edwards, Sr., F,  9.0 ppg,  7.9 rpg

Last Game Out
Junior Asia Logan had a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough as the Pitt women’s basketball team dropped a 78-60 decision to USF on Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel added 16 points for the Panthers, who dropped their eighth straight.

The Bulls placed five players in double figures led by 15 points apiece from twins Andrell Smith and Andrea Smith.

Pitt fell behind by five points twice in the first six minutes, lastly on a layup from USF’s Alisa Jenkins with 14:00 on the clock. Five of the Bulls’ first six field goals came in the paint and three of those were offensive put-backs.

The Panthers got a boost off the bench from Ashlee Anderson, who scored four of the team’s next six points as Pitt took its first lead of the game at 16-15 with 12:14 showing.

The teams exchanged three-pointers with the Pitt triple courtesy of Kiesel giving the home team a 19-18 edge with 11:32 left in the first period. The Panthers missed eight of their next 10 shots as USF bumped its cushion to seven points.

Logan and Marquel Davis piloted an 8-4 run – scoring two baskets each - to narrow the gap to three at 34-31 at the 3:45 mark.   USF ended any rally, reeling off nine of the game’s next 11 points to take a 43-33 lead at intermission.

The Panthers nudged closer with a 5-0 run to start the second half. A three-pointer from Loliya Briggs capped the run and made it a five-point contest.  

USF – again – answered by scoring 10 unanswered points with the last tally coming off an old-fashioned three-point play from Inga Orekhova to make it 53-38.

Kiesel took the team on her back, scoring nine of the Panthers’ next 11 points – including six-straight to close the margin to six at 53-47 with 13:00 to play.

The Panthers cut it to six once more on a jumper from the right elbow by Logan with 10:55 remaining, but would get no closer. USF ran off the game’s next nine-consecutive points to quickly move the control to 16-points and lead by double-digits the remainder of the game.  

Pitt shot 37.5 percent in the game, while USF posted a 37.3 field goal percentage. The Panthers were out-rebounded, 48-39 and shot just 8-for-20 from the free throw line (.400) on the afternoon.

About Providence
The Friars are 6-15 on the season, 1-7 in the Big East under first-year head coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl. The lone league win came against then-No. 25 Villanova on Jan. 23 in Providence - a 65-60 overtime victory. PC set a school record in rebounds in that contest, hauling in 65 boards.

Senior guard Symone Roberts is one of the two players averaging double figures, leading the squad with 14.5 points per game. She is also averaging 4.6 assists , tied for fifth in the Big East. She has reached single season career highs in nearly every category this season and is 63 points shy of the 1,000 point plateau in her career. Roberts is third in minutes among league leaders, averaging 36.8 minutes per game.

Sophomore guard Tori Rule is averaging a team second-best 13.8 points per game and a team-high 32 3-pointers. Rule along with Roberts are combining for more than 50 percent of the team’s total offense. Brianna  Edwards leads the team in rebounding, collecting 7.9 rebounds a game - fifth best in the league (just above Asia Logan). She is second among Big East leaders in offensive rebounds with 4.5 per game (95 on season).

Coaching Circle
Providence coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl is no stranger to the Panthers having faced Pitt on three previous occasions (as a coach) when she was the head coach at Saint Francis.  Coach Berenato claimed her 400th career victory against Coach Fruchtl on Nov. 24, 2009 at the Petersen Events Center.  The 2002 All-America and Wade Trophy (presented to the best player in women’s basketball) winner also faced Pitt as a student-athlete at Penn State (2-1 record). Robinson Fruchtl  is one of only two players in Penn State history to amass 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Another familiar face on the Friars bench is Providence assistant coach Dan Durkin. A graduate of Mount St. Mary’s (along with Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato), Durkin served as the head coach from 1993 through 2007 (14 seasons) at neighboring Duquesne University.

Series Info
Tonight’s meeting is the 49th between the two rivals. Providence leads the all-time series, 28-20. Fifteen (15) of the Panthers’ 20 wins have come at their home confines. Pitt has a 15-9 edge in head-to-head meetings on its home turf and is 17-5 all-time in Providence.

The Panthers have won eight of the last 10 showdowns. In total, Pitt has posted victories in 10 of the last 15 meetings with PC  (dating back to 2000).

What A Win Means ...

A Pitt win over Providence 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 over Louisville (Feb. 9) in the next road game would be the first road win in Big East regular season play since at West Virginia on Feb. 5, 2011 (60-53).
The Panthers have lost 28-straight regular season league games and have fallen in 26 Big East contests overall (including tourney).

Still Young
The Panthers fielded the youngest team in Division I in the 2011-12 season - this season Pitt is still one of the youngest teams in the land with no seniors, two redshirt juniors, two juniors four sophomores (including a walk-on). one red-shirt freshman and four freshmen (three playing this season). The starting line-up in two games has featured ALL underclassmen - three sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one freshman.

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.  

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.

Different Five
Only one player has started all 21 games for the Panthers this season- sophomore guard Brianna Kiesel (first in minutes with 35.3 a game). Pitt has used six different starting line-ups in its 21 games.  Eight players in total have gotten at least two starts this season.

Pitt’s Starting Lineups in 2012-13        Record
Kiesel, Briggs, Anderson, Logan, Golden    6-3 (first 8G)
Kiesel Davis, Anderson, Logan, Golden      0-1
Kiesel, Gordon, Anderson, Logan, Golden   3-2
Kiesel, Gordon, Briggs, Logan, McManus     0-3
Kiesel, Gordon, Briggs, Golden, McManus    0-2
Kiesel, Davis, Briggs, Logan, McManus        0-1

Second Attempts
Pitt averaged 16.1 second chance points in the first seven games - and has averaged just 9.6 second chance points in the past 14 games. The Panthers did have 16 second chance points versus USF in their last game- the most since Longwood on Nov. 26.  The 16 second chance points for Pitt against the Bulls came off of 16 offensive rebounds. On the season, Pitt is averaging 11.8 second chance points a game.

The Panthers have a significant advantage in offensive boards over their foes - 320-258 in 21 games (15.2 to 12.2).

Leading the Pack
Junior Asia Logan is averaging 15.8 points a game through 19 contests (she missed Notre Dame with injury). If she should continue that pace it would be the most points by a player since Shavonte Zellous averaged 22.0 points in Pitt’s 33 games in 2008-09.  
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)

Scoring Queens
Either Asia Logan or Brianna Kiesel have been at the top of the final stat sheet in 17 combined contests each this season. The duo have paced the team in a single game in nine and eight games, respectively.

Ashlee Anderson has led in two games and Cora McManus and Lo Briggs in a game each. Kiesel has paced the team in scoring in six of the Panthers last 13 games, while Logan had held the top spot in the final book in six of the past 13. Lo Briggs was the lone other figure to lead in scoring over the past 12 games - doing so at St.  John’s on Jan. 16.

Excuse Me, I’ll Take That
The Panthers matched a season-high with 13 steals at Old Dominion on Jan 2. Pitt also had 13 steals versus the Mount on Dec. 20 at home - one off the Petersen Events Center record. The all-time Pitt record for steals in a game is 25 (vs. Niagara on Nov. 22, 1981). As a team the Panthers are averaging 7.0 steals per game - 14th in the Big East. USF is fifth, averaging 11.8 a contest. 

Paint Points
The Panthers recorded 30 or more paint points in 11 games last season and have reached that mark in nine of 21 games this season. After posting more paint points over its first eight opponents this season- opponents have had the upper hand in 11 of past 13 games.  Pitt has been out-scored in the paint in conference play 258-174.

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