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Feb. 19, 2013

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GAME 25: PITT (9-15, 0-11 Big East) vs. CINCINNATI (9-16, 1-11 Big East)
Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 • 7 p.m.
Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh, Pa.

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 (Channel 188/210)
Talent: Jennifer Tuscano, Jeff Hathhorn
Social Media:
Twitter, @PittWomensHoops, live updates courtside.
Live Stats:

Series Info: Pitt leads, 9-3
Current Streak:
Pitt leads, 3-2
Pitt leads, 4-1
Pitt leads, 2-0
Big East regular season: 
Pitt leads,  6-1
Last Meeting:
Feb. 11, 2012; Cincinnati 62, Pitt 57, Cincinnati, Ohio
First Meeting:
Dec. 5, 1982, Cincinnati 85, Pitt 59, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Storylines & Notables:
• The Panthers had won eight straight in the series before the Bearcats won last season in Cincinnati.
• Sophomore Brianna Kiesel and junior Asia Logan have led the team in scoring in a combined 19 of the team’s 24 games.
• Three of the Panthers’ final five games are are the Petersen Events Center.
• Pitt has used seven different starting line-ups this season.

Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-407/29th season overall; 161-143/10th at Pitt
Cincinnati: Jamelle Elliott (Connecticut, 1996); 46-70/4th season at UC and overall

Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F,  14.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg
Brianna Kiesel, So., G,  14.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg
Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Cincinnati Stat Leaders:
• Dayeesha Hollins, Jr.-RS, G, 14.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg
• Alyesha Lovett, So., G, 7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, team-high 37 steals
• Lesha Dunn, Sr., C, 6.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg
• Tiffany Turner, Jr., F, 6.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .541 FG%

Last Game Out
The Pitt women’s basketball team could not overcame stagnant shooting (26.2 percent) in dropping an 80-39 decision to No. 23/21 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

Junior Marquel Davis had 12 points for the Panthers (9-15, 0-11 Big East), who dropped their 11th straight.  Pitt had a 47-39 rebounding advantage, pulling down 24 offensive boards which resulted in 23 points.

Syracuse senior Kayla Alexander led all scorers with 19 points, one of four Orange players in double figures. Alexander was 7-of-13 from the field and added eight rebounds and seven blocks to her stat line. For the second-straight game, the Panthers failed to hold a single lead in a contest.  

After the Orange (21-3, 9-2) registered the game’s first seven points, Pitt did not tally a field goal until the 17:00 mark on layup from redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs. The teams exchanged scores before SU tallied seven of the game’s next nine points to take its first double-digit lead.

Pitt made just one of 12 shots over that seven-minute span until a basket by sophomore Cora McManus cut the deficit to 16-8 with 9:44 left in the half– that would be as close as the Panthers would come.

SU guard La’Shay Taft dropped her second-straight three-pointer and tallied nine of her team’s next 10 points to build the lead to 15 and the Orange moved ahead by as many as 24 in the first period.

The Panthers committed three turnovers and missed their first three shots of the second half as SU took advantage, hiting four of its first five attempts of the period and 60 percent in the stanza.

Pitt shot 16-of-61 from the field for the game, connecting on just 1-of-14 three-point attempts (7.1 percent). Pitt had 23 turnovers which resulted in 27 points for SU, 18 of those points in the first half.  

About Pitt
The Panthers are 9-15 on the season and 0-11 in the Big East, having dropped their past 11-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 14.9 points (9th in the Big East). Logan is also leading the team in rebounding with 7.1 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.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel  is second on team in scoring (14.2 ppg), ranked 12th in the Big East. She is averaging 15.8 points over the past six games with two 20+ games in the mix over the span. Kiesel has tallied double figures in 18 games - a team-high - and 38 times over her career. She is leading the team in free throw percentage,  steals, (1.4), assists (2.9), minutes (36.0, 4th in Big East), field goal attempts and free throws made (85/3.5 per game).

The Panthers finished the non-conference slate with a 9-4 mark. Pitt is 11th in scoring offense and 12th in scoring defense 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 Pitt 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 next week 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 Cincinnati
The Bearcats are 9-16 on the season and 1-11 in Big East action. Cincinnati is 1-9 in road games 0-6 in league road contests. UC is averaging 52.0 points, the fewest in the Big East (45.7 in league games) and shooting 35.3 percent in its 25 games (14th in BE).  Nine different players have earned at least one start this season and only junior guard Kayla Cook has started all 25 games.

The team is paced in scoring by junior Dayeesha Hollins (14.9 ppg/8th in Big East), who also leads the team in minutes per game (33.8 mpg/8th in the league), assists (58) and 3-pointers (25).  Hollins is accounting for nearly 35 percent of the team’s total offense. In addition, she has 136 trips (a team-high) to the free throw line - 77 more attempts than her nearest teammate.

Alyesha Lovett  is next in scoring averaging 7.2 ppg, while Lesha Dunn is third in scoring (6.9 ppg).

Head coach Jamelle Elliott, the only head coach in the Big East to also have been a player in the league, is in her fourth season with the Bearcats. Elliott helped to establish UConn dominance. She is among the Connecticut career leaders for games played with 135, never missing a single game or practice in her four years. UConn posted an overall record of 117-18 (.867) during her career as a player.

Series Info
Tonight’s meeting is the 13th all-time between the Panthers and Bearcats. Pitt holds a 9-3 advantage in head-to-head meetings. The Panthers had won eight-straight in the series - all since UC joined the Big East prior to the 2005-06 season - before the Bearcats captured a 62-57 win last season in Cincy on Feb. 11, 2012. The teams have met twice in Big East tourney play (2006 and 2007).

This Time, Last Year
Sespite four players in double figures, Pitt could not stop Cincinnati, falling 62-57 on Feb. 11, 2012 at Fifth Third Arena. The back-and-forth affair featured 11 lead changes and six ties. Then-redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson had 15 points, while  Brianna Kiesel and Marquel Davis added 13 points apiece.  The loss was the 10th straight for the Panthers. Neither team led by more than four points in the see-saw first half. The Bearcats ripped off a late first half 6-0 to take a 28-25 lead into the locker room.

Cincy scored the first four points of the second to stretch its lead to seven and make it a 10-0 run over the two halves.  Kiesel gave Pitt a 49-48 lead – its first of the second half – with 6:14 remaining. UC reeled off the next six-straight over a three and a half minute span to pull to a 55-49 lead with 3:41 to go. Pitt turned the ball over three times over the span and got back onto the scoreboard on a jumper from Kiesel at the 3:18 mark. The four point margin was as close as the Panthers would come.  The loss ended an eight-game stronghold for the Panthers over the Bearcats in Big East play – it was the first set-back for Pitt against UC since they joined the league prior to the 2005-06 season.

Last Meeting in Pittsburgh
Senior Jania Sims (Newark, N.J.)  - who played at the same high school, Malcom Shabazz, as current Cincy guard Alyesha Lovett - posted 24 points, including her 1,000 career point, to lift Pitt to a 79-48 victory over Cincinnati on Feb. 1, 2011 at the Petersen Events Center.  A three-pointer by Sims at the 4:27 mark of the second half pushed the then-senior over the 1,000 point mark. She reached the mark in 99 career games and became the 17th player overall, the fifth under head coach Agnus Berenato and the second during the 2010-11 season to collect the career milestone.

50 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.

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 15-144 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.  SU was the third ranked opponent  that Pitt has faced this season.

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