Feb. 22, 2014
GAME 28: PITT (11-16, 3-10 ACC) at Syracuse (19-8, 8-6 ACC)
Sunday, February 23, 2014 • 1 p.m. ET
Carrier Dome • Syracuse, N.Y.
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Series History: Syracuse leads, 32-19
at Pitt: Syracuse leads, 13-12
at Syracuse: Syracuse leads,17-7
Neutral: Syracuse leads, 2-0
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In a rematch of a January 19th game, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team will square off with Syracuse University on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Tip is set for 1 p.m.
In the first meeting between Pitt and Syracuse this season, the Orange defeated the Panthers 58-47 at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers shot a season-low 22.6 percent in that contest and Syracuse had four players score in double-figures.
Kiesel with Back-to-Back 20+ games:
After two tough games where she scored just 13 points combined, junior Brianna Kiesel has bounced back very nicely and has scored at least 20 points in each of the last two games. Kiesel had 20 points in a win against Clemson and then had 23 at Virginia Tech, marking the 10th time this season Kiesel has scored 20+, which is the ninth most this season in the ACC. Kiesel will be playing in front of a hometown crowd as the Utica, N.Y. native grew up 45 minutes outside of Syracuse.
Chasing a Milestone:
Asia Logan is chasing a career milestone as she is 61 points shy of 1,000 in her career. With a minimum of four games remaining for the Panthers this season, Logan would have to average 15.2 points down the stretch to accomplish the feat. She is coming off a 16-point performance at Virginia Tech.
Briggs at the Line:
Loliya Briggs has made her last 22-consecutive free throws and ranks fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage during league play at 87.5 percent (28-for-32), just ahead of Brianna Kiesel’s 86.8 percent. She has posted 15 double-figure scoring games this season and is averaging 11.0 points per game in ACC play which is the third highest figure on the team behind Brianna Kiesel (16.8) and Asia Logan (11.7).
Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler continue to carry the Orange. Sykes is averaging 17.5 points per game which is 11th in the ACC, while Butler is averaging 14.9 ppg and has made a league-best 84 3-pointers. The Orange has had the exact same starting lineup all season with the exception of Rachel Coffee missing one game.
After the Orange, Pitt will return home to host NC State at the Peterson Events Center on Sunday, February 27th at 7 p.m. ET. The game will mark only the third meeting all-time between the two teams and the first trip for the Wolfpack to Pittsburgh. The series is tied 1-1 with the last meeting being a Pitt victory, 82-65, in 2001.
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