Feb. 19, 2014
GAME 27: PITT (11-15, 3-9 ACC) at VIRGINIA TECH (11-14, 1-11 ACC)
Thursday, February 20, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET
Cassell Coliseum • Blacksburg, Va.
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: Virginia Tech leads, 5-2
at Pitt: Virginia Tech leads, 2-1
at Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech leads, 3-0
Neutral: Pitt leads, 1-0
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Coming off a 56-43 victory over Clemson on Senior Day and ‘Pink The Petersen’ breast cancer awareness game, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team looks to win back-to-back conference games for the first time this season when they travel to take on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Briggs in a Grove:
Loliya Briggs is averaging 16 points per game in her last four outings and has been in double-figures in all four of those contests, including a career-high 28 points against Wake Forest. Briggs has made her last 20-consecutive free throws and ranks fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage during league play at 86.6 percent (26-for-30). She now has 15 double-figure scoring games this season and is averaging 11.5 ppg in ACC play which is the second highest on the team.
Kiesel Returns to Form:
Junior guard Brianna Kiesel returned to form against Clemson with a game-high 20 points. It was her ninth 20+ scoring output of the season and it raised her average to 16.8 points per game. Kiesel saw her streak of consecutive games scoring in double-figures come to an end at 28 against Maryland (she was injured halfway through that game). After missing WF, she returned to action at UNC and had eight points before scoring 20 against Clemson. She made a career-high four 3-pointers vs. the Tigers.
Sending the Seniors out Properly:
In front of more than 3,000 fans all wearing pink, the Panthers sent off their three graduating seniors in fashion as Ashlee Anderson, Marquel Davis and Asia Logan were all honored prior to the game against Clemson. The Panthers won that game 56-43 and received contributions from the seniors as they combined for 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven of the team’s 11 assists three blocks and five steals.
Scouting Virginia Tech:
Stopping Uju Ugoka will be key to the Panthers’ success, although not many teams have been able to do that this year as she averages 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, which ranks her third in the ACC in both categories. She is joined by point guard Vanessa Panousis (12.1 ppg) and Moent Tellier (11.2 ppg) in double-figure scoring, while Panousis also averages 4.1 assists per game which is fifth in the ACC.
After the Hokies, Pitt will head to Syracuse, N.Y. for a rematch with the Orange on Sunday, February 23. Syracuse defeated the Panthers 57-48 earlier this season at the Petersen Events Center.
COURTSIDE: Panthers Defeat UVA in Thrilling Fashion
Clutch Fourth Quarter Powers Pitt over Virginia, 62-54
Pitt Primed for Tilt with Cavaliers
Tenth Annual "Pink the Petersen" Set for Feb. 26
COURTSIDE: Panthers Trounce Tar Heels, 68-48
Pitt Knocks Out North Carolina, 68-48