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GAME 26: PITT (9-16, 0-12 Big East) vs. GEORGETOWN (13-12, 4-8 Big East)
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
PITTSBURGH - Pitt women's basketball will host its sixth annual `Pink the Petersen' event on Saturday, February 23 when the Panthers take on Big East foe Georgetown. The contest tips at 1 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.
Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato - who lost her mother, Theresa McGlade, to breast cancer three decades ago - helped initiate the `Pink' game, which has turned into annual event to bring together the Pittsburgh community in raising awareness about the disease.
The Panthers will team again this year with UPMC Health Plan and the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure on this special day to raise money and awareness in the fight against the disease.
Pitt will contribute $1 for every game ticket sold to Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Breast cancer survivors will be recognized during the contest and fans can save $5 off of registration for the 2013 Pittsburgh Race for the Cure by signing up at the game.
Prize packages will be given away and breast cancer survivors will be honored during the game. Fans are encouraged to wear `pink' to support the cause. Pink Oakland Zoo shirts will be handed out to students and fans will receive pink leis and pom-poms upon entry into the Petersen Events Center.
Face-painting and balloon artists will be on hand for the kids and the young at heart, while Bubba from Star 100.7 will serve as in-game host.
Officials: Bonita Spence, Ed Sidlasky, Mike McConnell
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed on website); George Von Benko, Ashley Battle
On the Air (TV): Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network
Jeff Hathhorn, Jennifer Tuscano
Live Stats/GameTracker: www. PittsburghPanthers.com
Series Info: Pitt leads 27-23
Current Streak: GU-W4
Big East Regular Season: Pitt leads 26-19
Home: Pitt leads, 16-9
Away: Series tied at 11-11
Neutral: GU leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Jan. 26, 2013, GU 69, Pitt 57
Last Meeting in Pittsburgh: Dec. 7, 2011- GU 82, Pitt 54
First Meeting: Feb. 18, 1981,
Pittsburgh, Pa.; Pitt 86, GU 72
Storylines & Notables:
•This afternoon’s meeting is the 51st in the series and the second this season.
• Brianna Kiesel is fourth in the Big East in minutes (36.2), while Sugan Rodgers of GU leads the lead in time on the floor (37.1 mpg)
• The Panthers have been outscored in the paint by league foes by 11 points (33.2 paint points per game/23.2 Pitt paint points.
• Pitt has used eight different starting line-ups this season.
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-408/29th season overall; 161-144/10th at Pitt
Georgetown:Keith Brown (South Carolina State, 1988) 13-12/1st season overall and at Georgetown
4-8/Big East Overall
Pitt Stat Leaders:
• Asia Logan, Jr., F, 14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg
• Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg
• Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 6.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
• Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 6.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Georgetown Stat Leaders:
• Sugar Rodgers, Sr., G, 22.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.5 spg, 3.5 apg
• Andrea White, Jr., F, 10.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
• Sydney Wilson, Sr., C, 7.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Last Game Out
Despite a game-high 24 points from sophomore Brianna Kiesel, Pitt could not muster a comeback in a 59-50 setback to Cincinnati in Big East women’s Big East women’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Petersen Events Center.
Kiesel had 20 of her 24 points in the second half, including draining three 3-pointers. Junior Marquel Davis added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (9-16, 0-12 Big East), who never led in the game.
The Bearcats were paced by Dayeesha Hollins’ 17 points, while Lesha Dunn and Alexis Durley had 10 points apiece.
Cincinnati pulled out to a four-point lead three times over the first four minutes of the game before two-straight baskets from Pitt– the first from Logan and the second a jumper by Kiesel – tied the game at 8-8 with 11:18 showing.
The Bearcats used a 13-4 run capped by six-straight points from Jeanise Randolph to take a 21-12 lead with 3:54 left in the period. The Panthers could get no closer than seven the rest of the period as Hollins rolled off the squad’s final two field goals – four of 10 first-half points – and UC took a 25-16 lead at the break.
After the visitors extended the lead to 11 to start the second half, Pitt ripped off eight unanswered points. Kiesel opened the run with two free throws and closed it with a layup off of an inbounds under the basket to cut the deficit to three (27-24) with 16:45 remaining.
The Panthers missed their next five shots and turned the ball over twice as the Bearcats took advantage and moved ahead by double-digits.
A driving layup by Davis at the 9:30 mark would be the only field goal for the Panthers for over a five and a half minute span. UC pieced together an 11-2 run – Pitt’s two points were from the free throw line – to take its largest lead at 48-30. Junior Asia Logan ended the Pitt drought with a four-foot jumper in the paint with 3:12 left.
Kiesel switched her game into high gear, connecting on consecutive triples in a six-second span to trim the score to 51-41. A steal by freshman Krista Pettepier led to another Davis’ basket and Kiesel hit the second of two from the stripe to close the gap to seven points (51-44) with 1:50 to play. That would be as close as Pitt could come in the waning minutes.
Pettepier grabbed a career-best eight rebounds in making her third-straight start.
The Panthers shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the field for the game, while the Bearcats recorded a 43.5 percent (20-of-46) effort.
The Panthers are 9-16 on the season and 0-12 in the Big East, having dropped their past 12-straight. Pitt is the only team without a win in league play.
Junior Asia Logan has paced the team in scoring since the second game of the season, averaging 14.6 points (9th in the Big East). Logan is also leading the team in rebounding with 7.0 boards a game - eighth in the Big East. She is one of just four players to be ranked in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding. Logan has struggled in her past four outings, shooting 9-of-27 (.243) and averaging 6.0 points over past 3 games.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel is also averaging 14.6 points, ranked 10th in the Big East. (first time in top-10 this season). She is averaging 17.0 points over the past seven games with three 20+ games in the mix over the span. Kiesel has tallied double figures in 19 games - a team-high - and 39 times over her career. She is leading the team in free throw percentage, steals, (1.4), assists (2.9), minutes (36.2, 4th in Big East), field goal attempts, free throw attempts (112/4.5 per game) and free throws made (90/3.6 per game). Ashlee Anderson is third in scoring, averaging 6.6 points. The redshirt junior guard has 15 starts in 25 games (19.8 mpg). She is second on the team in assists (2.0). Redshirt freshman Lo Briggs is also averaging two assists a game to go along with 6.5 points (23.8 minutes).
The Panthers finished the non-conference slate with a 9-4 mark. Pitt is 11th in scoring offense (G’town is 7th) and 12th in scoring defense (G’town is 11th) among Big East leaders. The free throw percentage, as high as fifth this season, has dropped to 14th in Big East stats (.674).
What A Win Means ...
A Pitt win over Georgetown 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 on Tuesday at UConn 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 31-straight regular season league games and have fallen in 29-straight Big East contests overall (includes tournament which was the last win in Big East play on March 4, 2011).
About the Match-Up
Pitt and Georgetown first faced off on Feb. 18, 1981, an 86-72 win by Pitt on its home court. Today’s showdown is the 51st in the series and the second this season - the first time the teams have met twice during a regular season since 2002.
The Panthers hold a 27-23 advantage in head-to-head meetings, but the Hoyas have won the past four. Pitt has wins in eight of the last 15 showdowns.
Pitt fell behind by as many as 23 points when these teams met a month ago on Jan. 26 in Washington, D.C. The Panthers attempted a comeback with 8 minutes to play, running off a 14-4 run on back-to-back three-pointers from Abby Dowd and Asia Logan. They closed the gap, but could get no closer than 10 in the final 1:42.
Guard Brianna Kiesel finished with her first career double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds), while Asia Logan chipped in 19 points. Marquel Davis had 10 rebounds off the bench in 24 minutes. The Panthers shot 30.6 percent from the field, which included a 22.2% mark in the first half. They took just one shot less than GU at the end of the 40 minutes - but the Hoyas connected on 41.4 percent of their attempts. The Panthers bench had a season-high 27 points the last time these two teams met.
Georgetown posted an 82-54 win the last time these teams met in Pittsburgh on Dec. 7, 2011- its largest lead in the series. Sugar Rodgers had 28 points on 8-of-18 shooting, while also posting four assists and five steals. The Panthers had three players nab double figures - led by Asia Logan’s 15 points off the bench. Brianna Kiesel had 11 points. Pitt committed 24 turnovers, resulting in 24 points for GU. The teams combined to take 121 shots, but Pitt converted just 16-of-60 (.267) shots and GU made 29-of-61 (.475).
The Panthers last win in the series came on Jan. 29, 2009 at McDonough Arena - a 50-39 win. Pitt played just seven players led by Shavonte Zellous’ 19 points en route to the commanding win. Pitt held a 48-34 edge in rebounding - which included 22 offensive boards.
The Hoyas enter today’s game with an 13-12 record and a 4-8 mark in Big East play. GU is 4-8 on the road this season, 1-5 in league road games.
Senior Sugar Rodgers is averaging 22.5 points, the best scoring average in the Big East and ranked fifth in the NCAA (as of Friday’s NCAA stats). She is one of just two players to have started all 25 games for the Hoyas. Rodgers is also pacing the team in: rebounds (7.3), steals (3.4/ranked 1st in the Big East) and assists (4.1/8th in Big East). Rodgers averages over 20 shots a game and has taken 512 on the season - 301 more shot attempts than her nearest teammate. The Virginia native is the program’s all-time scoring leader (male or female), passing Eric Sleepy Floyd (1978-82, 2,304 points), Patrick Ewing (1981-85, 2,184) and Alonzo Mourning (1988-92, 2001 points) along the way.
Junior Andrea White - another Virginia product - is second on the team in points per game (10.4) and rebounds (6.1). She is first on the team in field goal percentage (.483) and is logging 30.1 minutes per game. White has scored in double figures in 14 games this season, second-most on the team next to Rodgers. Sydney Wilson is third on the team in scoring (7.2 ppg) and has also has started ever game for GU (along with Sugar Rodgers).
GU has lost four-straight games and dropped five of its last seven. They started the season with wins in four of their first five and seven of first nine games. The squad is averaging 63.6 points per game - a point below its opponent’s average (64.7).
50 Hard-Fought Minutes
The Panthers played just the third double overtime game in program history and the first in 28 years on Feb. 6 as Pitt dropped a 85-83 decision at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers second double OT game was last played on Jan. 2, 1985 - also against Providence (71-69 loss).
The Panthers grabbed 68 rebounds in the game, marking a Petersen Events Center record (previous high of 61 set in 2008). Pitt also took 92 shots versus Providence - the most recorded by a Big East team this season.