Feb. 5, 2014
GAME 23: PITT (10-12, 2-6) AT MARYLAND (17-4, 5-3)
Thursday, February 6, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET
Comcast Center • College Park, Md.
Watch: umterps.com ($)
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: Maryland leads, 7-1
at Pitt: Maryland leads, 3-1
at Maryland: Maryland leads, 4-0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team looks to return to the win column on Thursday night when they take on No. 10 Maryland at Comcast Center. Tip-off in Maryland is set for 7 p.m.
This will be the fourth nationally-ranked opponent the Panthers have played this season and the third team ranked inside the top 10. Pitt is 0-3 in those previous three games against ranked opponents (Florida State, Notre Dame and Duke).
Davis Has Season-High vs. Georgia Tech:
Marquel Davis had the most productive game of her season against the Yellow Jackets and arguably the most productive game of her career as she scored 20 points on 8-13 shooting, while adding seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. The three blocks established a new career-high and the five assists tied a career-best.
Asia Logan Heating Up:
Davis was joined in double figures against Georgia Tech by senior Asia Logan with 13 points and junior Brianna Kiesel with 11. Logan is averaging 18 ppg over her last three games. She has scored double-figures in all of those games, including a season-high 24 points against Boston College. She has also attempted 28 free throws during this span and has made 21 of them.
With 127 made field goals and 90 assists, Kiesel has had a hand in 217 of Pitt's 520 total field goals, which means she is responsible for 41.7 percent of the team's total scoring. Kiesel is looking to become the first player in program history to lead the Panthers in both scoring and assists for three-consecutive seasons. She has scored double-figures in 28-straight games.
After starting the season 17-1, Maryland dropped three straight games to Virginia, Notre Dame and NC State before getting back in the win column vs. Syracuse. They enter the game at 18-4 overall and ranked No. 10 in the nation. Alyssa Thomas is one of the premier players in the country as she averages a double-double at 18.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. She is also second on the team with 78 assists (3.7/game). She is coming off the fifth triple-double of her career where she had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Syracuse.
This will be the ninth all-time meeting between Pitt and Maryland with the Terps leading 7-1. Pitt currently has a W1 in the series as the Panthers won 86-57 the last time the two teams played which was in Pittsburgh on Dec. 2, 2008. Maryland won the first seven games, including two games which were decided by two points or less (67-66 on Jan. 26, 1980 and 74-72 on Jan. 23, 1982). Pitt will be looking for its first every win at Maryland on Thursday evening.
After the game with Maryland, Pitt will play its third game in nine days when the Panthers host Wake Forest at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m.
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