Feb. 26, 2014
GAME 29: #13 NC STATE (23-5, 10-4 ACC) at PITT (11-17, 3-11 ACC)
Thursday, February 27, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Series History: Series tied, 1-1
at Pitt: N/A
at NC State: NC State leads, 1-0
Neutral: Pitt leads, 1-0
PITTSBURGH – In its final home game of the season, the University of Pittsburgh will welcome No. 13 NC State to the Petersen Events Center on Thursday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN3.
Kiesel Looking to Make History:
Brianna Kiesel is on pace to become the first player in program history to lead the Panthers in both scoring and assists in three straight seasons. The junior currently has 448 points this season, which matches her output from all of last year. She is averaging 16.6 points per game and has been in double-figures in 24 of the 27 games she has played in.
The Panthers will look to rebounds from an off shooting night at Syracuse last Sunday. The Panthers were 11-of-54 for the game for a season-low 20.4 percent. Ashlee Anderson however, made five of the team’s 11 field goals and finished with a team-high 11 points. Pitt will look to beat its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season against this Thursday against Wolfpack.
Briggs Ranking Third in the ACC:
Loliya Briggs has made 22-consecutive free throws and ranks third in the ACC in free throw percentage during league action. Briggs is 28-for-32 at the line in ACC play (87.5 percent).
Scouting NC State:
NC State is one of the biggest surprises in the country as they were picked to finish 10th in the ACC, but is currently third with a 23-5 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the ACC. Markeisha Gatling is a Player of the Year candidate as she is averaging 17.3 points and seven rebounds per game while shooting at a 67.8 clip (200-of-295). The Wolfpack suffered two huge losses last week as Lakeesa Daniel and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman both sustained ACL injuries and are out for the remainder season.
The Panthers will conclude the regular season on Sunday when the travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes. It is then off to the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. The Tournament is set to run from Wednesday March 5th through Saturday March 9th.
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