Feb. 12, 2014
GAME 24: PITT (10-14, 2-8) AT No. 17 NORTH CAROLINA (18-6, 6-4)
Thursday, February 13, 2014 • 6 p.m. ET
Carmichael Arena • Chapel Hill, N.C.
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: Pitt leads, 1-0
at Pitt: Pitt leads, 1-0
at North Carolina: N/A
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team will look to end a three game losing streak on Thursday night when the Panthers travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the 17th-ranked UNC Tar Heels. Tip is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN3.
This will be the fifth nationally-ranked opponent Pitt has faced this season and the Panthers will try to knock off its first Top 25 opponent of the season against the Tar Heels. UNC however, is coming off its most impressive win of the season, an 89-78 triumph at No. 3 Duke on Monday night.
The game at Carmichael Arena will be North Carolina’s ‘Think Pink’ game to help raise money and awareness for the fight against Breast Cancer. UNC will be in pink uniforms, while Pitt will wear pink accessories. The Panthers next home game, which is this Sunday against Clemson, will be ‘Pink The Pete’ which is Pitt’s breast cancer awareness game.
Briggs Sets a New Career-High:
Redshirt sophomore Loliya Briggs had a career-night against Wake Forest which saw her establish new career-bests in points (28), field goals made (10) and 3-pointers made (5). Briggs was 10-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-8 from behind the arc. She broke her previous career-high of 24 points which she set earlier this season against DePaul out in Las Vegas.
Davis Has Efficient Night:
Marquel Davis also had a great scoring night against Wake Forest which saw her drop 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting. The 22 points were a season-high and Davis now ranks 9th in the ACC in field goal percentage during league action. Davis has connected on 33 of her 61 field goal attempts during league play, which is good for a .541 shooting percentage.
Scouting North Carolina:
North Carolina just snapped its three-game losing streak with their most impressive win of the season coming at rival Duke on Monday night. The Tar Heels went into Cameron Indoor Stadium and defeated the third-ranked Blue Devils by the score of 89-78 and was led by freshman Diamond DeShields who had a career-high 30 points. DeShields leads the team in scoring at 17.4 ppg, while Allisha Gray (14.6 ppg), Xylina McDaniel (12.5 ppg) and Stephanie Mavunga (11.5 ppg) also score in double-figures. Mavunga averages 9.0 rebounds as well which ranks fifth in the ACC. UNC is 5-2 vs. the Top 25.
The Panthers and the Tar Heels have met only once in the history of the two programs. Pitt won that only encounter back on Jan. 2, 1981 by the score of 79-67 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers have never played down in Chapel Hill but the two programs will meet every year moving forward as conference foes.
Pitt will look to avenge a loss to Clemson from earlier this season on Sunday when the Panthers host the Tigers at 2 p.m. As before mentioned, it is ‘Pink The Pete’ and it is also Senior Day.
COURTSIDE: Panthers Trounce Tar Heels, 68-48
Pitt Knocks Out North Carolina, 68-48
Panthers Return Home to Host Tar Heels Sunday
Pitt Falls at No. 6 Notre Dame, 86-54
Pitt Faces Second Consecutive Top-10 Opponent in Irish
Pitt Drops Battle at No. 8/9 Louisville, 73-52