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Feb. 8, 2013

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GAME 23: PITT (9-13, 0-9 Big East) at No. 11 Louisville (19-4, 7-2 Big East)
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 • 2 p.m.
Louisville, Ky  • KFC Yum! Center

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On the Air (Radio):  WJAS 1320 (live and streamed on website); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano
Live Stats/GameTracker:
Series Info: UofL leads 7-2
Current Streak:
UofL, W3
Series tied at 2-2
Away: U
ofL leads 3-0
Neutral: UofL leads 2-0
Last Meeting:
UofL 71, Pitt 66 OT, Pittsburgh, Feb. 14, 2012
Last Meeting in Kentucky:
UofL 79, Pitt 68, Jan. 9, 2011, Louisville, KFC Yum! Center
First Meeting:
UofL 71, Pitt 63; Feb. 8, 2006, Pittsburgh
Storylines & Notables:
• The last two meetings with Louisville had yielded 14 ties and 15 lead changes combined in the two games.
• Last year's game with UofL was the last overtime game for Pitt until Wednesday's extra period game against Providence.
• Today's game is the 850th contest of Coach Berenato's career.
Brianna Kiesel is averaging 6.1 rebounds in league games.
•Marquel Davis in past two games is averaging 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-405/29th season overall; 161-141/10th at Pitt
Louisville: Jeff Walz (Northern Kentucky, 1995); 137-60/6th season overall and at Louisville

Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 15.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg,  .454 FG%
Brianna Kiesel, So., G,  14.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 7.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 6.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Louisville Stat Leaders:
• Shoni Schimmel, Jr., G, 13.8 ppg,, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg
• Sara Hammond, So., F, 10.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Last Game Out
The University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team saw its bid for its first conference win in 28 games fall just short, falling in double overtime to Providence, 85-83, on Wednesday evening at the Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers played just the third double overtime game in program history and the first in 28 years, a 71-69 double overtime loss to Providence on Jan. 2, 1985. (Pitt played three overtime games last season and were 2-1 in those contests)

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel paced all scorers with 26 points and a career-best 13 rebounds to register the second double-double of her career. Junior Marquel Davis - in her second-straight start - had a season-high 20 points and a career-best five steals for the Panthers (9-13, 0-9 Big East).  Three players would foul out for Pitt, who could not sustain a double-digit first half lead.

Brianna Edwards finished with 25 points and teammate Symone Roberts added 23 for the Friars (7-15, 2-7)

Tied at 6-6 at the game's first media timeout, Pitt rolled off an 18-8 run over the next six minutes - piloted by Kiesel who had nine of the 18 -  to pull to a 24-14 lead with 9:45 left in the first period.

The Panthers would lead the entire first stanza, extending their advantage to the largest of half (37-26) after a 5-0 single-handed spurt by Kiesel.  The Friars closed out the period on an 11-5 run, including scoring seven of the last nine before the halftime horn as Pitt took a 42-37 lead into the locker room. Kiesel (18) and Davis (11) combined to score 29 of the Panthers' 42 points, while as a team Pitt had 15 points off of PC turnovers.

Providence refused to back down, opening the second half on a 9-2 tear to take its first lead of the contest. A three-foot jumper from Edwards with 17:10 to go put the score at 46-44 and the Friars would lead the entire second half until the waning seconds. Pitt closed to a point twice in the final four and a half minutes, lastly on a Davis dribble-drive with 1:20 showing to make the score 62-61.

PC responded with a quick bucket and the Panthers next two shot attempts were blocked to give the ball back to the Friars - and up by three - with less than a minute to go. Davis picked the pocket of Roberts and took off the other way, getting the whistle as she attempted her shot. She made the second of her two free throws to cut the deficit to two (64-62) with 26.5 seconds on the clock.

After a PC timeout, the Panthers turned on the full court press and were forced to foul and sent Roberts to the line. She missed the front end of the one-and-one as Cora McManus sent the outlet pass to Davis. The guard drove the lane with 9.1 seconds remaining to tie the game at 64-64. The Friars had time, but Davis - again - came up with the steal to send the Panthers to their first overtime game of the season and first since last Feb. 14 at Louisville.

PC hit its first shot and added a pair of free throws to start the extra period as Davis was whistled for her fifth foul. The Panthers played catch-up, closing to a deuce on a layup by Ashlee Anderson - two of her 10 points - with 3:00 to go. The Friars built their cushion back to six points twice in the final 60 seconds with two from the stripe from Roberts making it 76-70 with 40 seconds appearing.

Five seconds later, Kiesel got up the court in a flash and drew the foul, converting both of her free opportunities to trim the lead to four. Pitt guard Abby Dowd forced a travel call on the Providence inbounds and the Panthers capitalized by knocking down a baseline jumper - courtesy of Lo Briggs - to make it a two-point contest at 77-75.

Forced to foul, the Panthers sent PC's Edwards to the line where she hit the first of two with Pitt grabbing the rebound. The Panthers - trailing by three- would have the last shot of the game and it would again mean extra time as a three-pointer by Kiesel with 10.7 seconds tied the game at 77-all.

The Friars jumped out again by four to start the second overtime as an offensive bucket from Edwards put PC ahead, 81-77. Krista Pettepier - who played nearly every minute of the overtimes - calmly drained two from the charity stripe with 3:35 showing to close the gap to two points and 26 seconds later Briggs connected on the Panthers' third trifecta of the game to put Pitt ahead, 82-81 - its first lead since the start of the second half.

Pitt could not capitalize on opportunities, turning the ball over after a missed jumper and allowing PC to get a pair of offense rebounds and convert a put-back  - again from Edwards - to retake the lead at 83-82. Kiesel went to free throw line with 1:54 left and made the first of two to tie it at 83-83. A Pitt missed shot and a turnover late in the game allowed PC to take its last lead with 39.9 ticks.

The Panthers would have a host of chances in the final 40 seconds. The first- a kicked ball by Edwards - after a scramble in the paint gave the ball back to Pitt with 23.3 seconds and after a shot from Briggs went wide, the ball was again the Panthers' with 17.5 on the clock.

Kiesel took the inbounds and got off a floater which sailed around the rim and Chyna Golden grabbed the rebound as Pitt called its final timeout with two seconds to go. Briggs sent the inbounds pass to the top of the key as Dowd's shot at the buzzer was short.

Briggs added 12 point and a career-high nine rebounds for the Panthers, while McManus collected a season-high in rebounds with 11.

The Panthers grabbed 68 rebounds, marking a Petersen Events Center record (previous high of 61 set in 2008).

About Louisville
The Cardinals - ranked No. 11 in both polls - are 19-4 on the season and 7-2 in Big East play.  Louisville will join the Panthers in the 2014-15 season in the ACC. The Cards - who have won five-straight - has been idle since Feb. 2 when it bested Georgetown, 74-60, at the KFC Yum Center.  UofL is 11-1 at home this season and 36-5 all-time at the Yum!  Center. They are giving up just over 44 points at home this season.

Junior guard Shoni Schimmel leads the team in points (13.8) and assists per game (3.5). The only player to start all 23 games for UofL, Schimmel is also pacing the team in three-pointers having drained a team-high 60 (of the team's 132). Schimmel is the reigning Big East Player of the Week, having averaged 26.5 points and 5.0 assists last week in wins over USF and Georgetown.

Sophomore Sara Hammond is second on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg) and first in rebounds per game (6.5). She is one of three active players shooting at a 50 percent clip or better from the floor (.503). Hammond has scored in double figures in five of the past six games and is averaging 7.8 rebounds over the past five games.

The Cardinals have six players averaging 7.4 or more points and average 73.7 points per game as a team - fifth in the Big East. They are ranked fourth in the league in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 53.1 points per game.  UofL is ranked second among league leaders in steals, collecting 12.8 per game. Five players have 22 or more swipes thie season led by Schimmel. Hammond has posted 32 (1.5 per game).

Series Info
Pitt trails in head-to-head meetings with Louisville, 2-7. The Panthers have lost three-straight to the Cards, including an overtime contest last season in Pittsburgh on Valentine's Day.  Pitt has never won on UofL's home court.

Last season, Brianna Kiesel and Ashlee Anderson each had 22 points and the Panthers' backcourt accounted for 16 of the team's 24 field goals as the squad dropped a 71-66 decision in overtime.

Four players had double figures for the Cards, led by Schimmel with 16 points. Antonita Slaugher tied the game up in regulation with 17 seconds left to send the contest into the extra period.  With a tie game late in the OT, Pitt turned the ball over on consecutive possesions and a  driving layup from Kiesel with 34 seconds remaining in the regulation bounced off the front of the rim.  Neither Asia Logan nor Cora McManus played in last season's match-up as both were injured. The lead changed seven times and the score was tied on nine occasions.

The teams met last in Louisville on Jan. 9, 2011 in the second league tilt of the 2010-11 season. The Cardinals escaped with a 79-68 decision.

The Panthers had a seven-point lead with just under six minutes remaining when the Cardinals used a 7-0 run to tie the game for the fourth time at 59-59. Pitt got to a point at 67-66 with 2:59 remaining, but missed its next three shots as UofL pulled ahead to stay and seal the win with free throws. Senior Jania Sims tallied 13 points and seven assists for Pitt. Monique Reid posted a game-high 29 points for the Cardinals, while then-freshman Shonni Schimmel scored 15. The game featured eight lead changes and five ties. The Cardinals have knocked the Panthers out of the Big East Championship twice (in 2009 and 2010).   

What A Win Means ...
A Pitt win over Louisville 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) would also 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 29-straight regular season league games and have fallen in 27 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).

Versus Ranked Opponents
Pitt is 15-142 all-time against ranked opponents. Eight of those 15 wins have come since 2006. The Panthers beat No. 14/15 West Virginia, 60-53 on Feb. 5, 2011 - their first over a ranked foe since 2009.  On Feb. 3, 2009, Pitt posted an 82-70 victory against No. 19 Notre Dame. The last time the Panthers defeated two ranked opponents during the same season was 2008-09. In addition to Notre Dame, Pitt bested No. 8 Maryland on Dec. 7, 2008- the highest ranked opponent it has ever beaten.  This is the second ranked opponent Pitt has faced this season.

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.

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