Feb. 20, 2012
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PITTSBURGH - Pitt women's basketball returns to the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to host No. 4 Connecticut. Tip time is set for 7:05 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network (Channel 188/210) with Jeff Hathhorn and Jen Tuscano calling the action. Scott Stiller and Karlyle Kim will have radio duties on WJAS-AM 1320 - a broadcast also available through Pitt Panthers All-Access.
The Panthers (8-18, 0-13 Big East) and Huskies (24-3, 11-2 Big East) are meeting for the 49th in program history. UConn leads the all-time series, 39-9, which includes having won the past 26-straight matchups. The last Pitt win - a 76-74 victory - in the series came on Feb. 24, 1993 in Pittsburgh. Pitt captured the first seven meetings, but UConn has registered victories in 39 of the last 41 games.
The last time Pitt faced UConn after a Huskies loss was the previous season (Feb. 26, 1992). The Huskies had lost to Providence on Feb. 23 by a 97-72 score and then went on to defeat Pitt three days later, 90-47.
Familiar Face on the Sidelines
UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph was an assistant on Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato’s staff for five seasons. In 2010, Ralph made her first trip back to the Pittsburgh since leaving to take a job at her alma mater in July 2008. Ralph upon her move to UConn’s staff told the Hartford Courant about the University of Pittsburgh, "Pittsburgh is where I learned how to be a coach, to learn how to build a program. And it was the first time that I had ever really been away from UConn, in a sense, since I was a freshman in college. It was the first time I was really on my own and it was a great growing experience for me, personally and professionally."
Ties That Bind
The two associate head coaches facing off this evening has a long history. Pitt associate head coach Patty Coyle and UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey are former teammates at Rutgers. Ptty was a three-year starter for the Lady Scarlet Knights, amassing 1,209 career points and earning MVP honors when RU captured the 1982 AIAW Championship (which saw her score 30 points). Dailey, a local product who grew up in shadows of Rutgers, was a four-year forward over the same period and served as the team captain her junior and senior seasons. The duo also both coached at Rutgers under their former coach and mentor Theresa Grentz.
Six Degrees Of ...
Coyle and UConn head coach Geno Auriemma are Philadelphia natives. Coyle attended West Catholic High School (which recently closed), while Auriemma is a Bishop Kenrick High School graduate (also coached at the Philly high school with Jim Foster). Foster is the current Ohio State head coach, who previously was the HC at Saint Joseph’s University (1978-91). Auriemma served on his staff at St. Joe’s (1978-79) Coyle also was a member of Foster’s staff at the Philadelphia College (1989-92). Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato, who grew up in the shadow of the City of Brotherly Love, played scholastically at Gloucestor Catholic in New Jersey.
Last Two Matchups
The teams last faced off at the Petersen Events Center on Jan. 30, 2010. The then top-ranked Huskies won their 60th straight game by defeating Pitt, 98-56. Maya Moore had 22 points and eight assists for UConn. For the Panthers, Shayla Scott pumped in 18 (7-14 FG) while Jania Sims added 11 points. The Panthers went to the free throw line just nine times (7-9) while the Huskies made 28 trips (23-of-28).
Last season in Storrs (Jan. 22, 2011), Pitt dropped a 66-46 decision at Gampel Pavilion. The Panthers played a strong first half, shooting 47 percent from the field to make it a six-point game at the half. Senior Taneisha Harrison had 16 points and classmate Chelsea Cole posted her ninth double-double of the season (10 pts, 12 rebounds).
PITT (8-18, 0-13 Big East) vs. CONNECTICUT (24-3, 11-2 Big East)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Pittsburgh, Pa., Petersen Events Center
Officials: Lisa Mattingly, Bonita Spence, Frank Steratore
On the Air (TV): Pitt Panthers TV, Jen Tuscano, Jeff Hathhorn
*another broadcast is doing produced by CPTV in Connecticut
On the Air (Radio): WJAS AM 1320, Scott Stiller, Karlyle Lim
Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com
Series History: UConn leads, 39-9
Current Streak: UConn, W26
Home: UConn leads 16-4
Away: UConn leads 19-4
Neutral: UConn leads 4-1
Last Meeting: UConn 66 Pitt 46, Jan. 22, 2011, Storrs, Conn.
First Meeting: Pitt 79, UConn 67; Feb. 9, 1983
Storylines & Notables:
Tonight’s meeting is the 49th in the series.
Pitt associate head coach Patty Coyle and UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey were teammates at Rutgers, where they led Lady Scarlet Knights to 1982 national title.
UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph served on Coach Berenato’s staff at Pitt for five seasons.
Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary’s, 1980)
435-388/28th season overall
152-124/Ninth season at Pitt
Last Time Out
The Panthers could not sustain a lead, falling 62-50 at USF on Saturday. Freshman point guard Brianna Kiesel had 13 points, while redshirt sophomore Leeza Burdgess pumped in 13 rebounds.
Brianna Kiesel, Fr., G, 13.2 ppg, 3.2 apg, 36.0 mpg (second in Big East)
Ashlee Anderson, So.-RS, G, 11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg
Leeza Burdgess, So.-RS, C, 6.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
Geno Auriemma (West Chester, 1981)
795-127/27th season overall and at UConn
No. 4/Associated Press
No. 3/ ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
Last Time Out
The Huskies saw their 99-game home winning streak come to a close, falling to unranked St. John’s, 57-56. Freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led UConn scorers with 12 points off the bench.
Tiffany Hayes, Sr., G, 15.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 apg
Bria Hartley, So., G, 14.3 ppg, 4.2 apg, 4.1 apg
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Fr., F, 13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg
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