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March 1, 2013

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GAME 28: PITT (9-18, 0-14 Big East)  vs. DePaul (19-9, 8-6 Big East)
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Peterson Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.

Officials: Barbara Jo Smith, Joseph Vaszily, Rod Creech
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 (Channels 188/210)
Jen Tuscano, Jeff Hathhorn
Live Stats/GameTracker:
Series Info:
DePaul leads 7-4
Current Streak:
DePaul W4
Series tied at 2-2
DePaul leads 4-1
Series tied at 1-1
Last Meeting:  
First Meeting:
Dec. 6, 1980, Pittsburgh, Pa., Pitt 85, DePaul 84 (OT)
Guest Coaches:
John Wilds and Renny Clark
Storylines & Notables:
•  Today’s game is the final home game of the 2012-13 season and the last home contest in Pitt’s tenure in the Big East.
• Pitt will recognize Abby Dowd prior to the game, playing in her last game for the Panthers.  Dowd has appeared in 53 games over her career.
• The Panthers have lost seven games by fewer than nine points this season - including a two-point setback at DePaul on Jan. 29.

Head Coaches:

Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-409/29th season overall; 161-145/10th at Pitt
DePaul: Doug Bruno; 529-291/27th season at DePaul and overall; 83-57/Big East Overall
(regular season and tourney)

Pitt Stat Leaders:

Asia Logan, Jr., F,  14.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 7 double-doubles
Brianna Kiesel, So., G,  14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg , 1.4 spg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 6.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.1 apg
Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 6.6 ppg, 2.1 apg

DePaul Stat Leaders:
• Brittany Hrynko, So., G, 15.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.1 apg,  75 3-pointers
• Jasmine Penny, Jr., F,  13.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg
• Anna Martin, Sr., G, 15.9 ppg, 3.8 apg, 30 3-pointers
• Katherine Harry, Sr., F, 9.1 rpg, 10.9 rpg, 7 double-double’s

Last Game Out
Pitt women’s basketball could not sustain No. 3/3 Connecticut, dropping a 76-36 decision on Tuesday evening at the XL Center.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel led Pitt scorers with 11 points and six rebounds. Junior Asia Logan had 10 points for the Panthers, who suffered their 14th straight set-back.

The Panthers (9-18, 0-14 Big East) took a lead twice over the Huskies in the first five minutes. Kiesel scored Pitt’s first six-points and a field goal from Logan pushed Pitt to an 8-7 lead with 14:07 showing in first half.

The Huskies (26-2, 13-10, who connected on just three of their first 11 shots to open the game, hit four of their next five to pull to a 17-8 lead at the 10:39 mark. The Panthers stopped the 10-0 run on a free throw from Kiesel and Logan scored on the next possession to cut the edge to six (17-11) with 9:26 remaining in the half – that would be Pitt’s last field goal of the period.  

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis drained a triple on the next UConn possession which started a 16-0 scoring run. Pitt scored on a pair of free throws just prior to the half to cut the deficit to 37-13 at the break.

The Panthers shot 18.5 percent in the first half (5-of-27) with their five total field goals the number of three-pointers the Huskies put on the board in the first 20 minutes (5-of-13, 15-of-26 overall in first half). Logan and Kiesel were the only two players to score for Pitt in the first half.

Pitt drained three of its first five shots to start the second half in attempting to narrow the gap, but could get no closer than 20 after a 15-footer from Logan with 16:31 to play. The Panthers were out-rebounded 49-29 in the game.

Thank You, Abby!
Abby Dowd arrived at Pitt unconventionally.  A member of the All-MAC freshman team at the University at Buffalo, Abby transferred to Pitt to be a “normal” student.  Missing the game after attending a Pitt game back in 2010 - she sent an email to the Pitt coaching staff to inquire about the walk-on process.  The Tipp City, Ohio native earned both a spot on the team and later, a scholarship from Coach Berenato.

Named a co-captain in each of her two seasons in a Pitt uniform,  Abby has appeared in 53 games over her career averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. The sharpshooter drained a program-tying seven three-pointers last season when Pitt faced DePaul, scoring a career-best 23 points in that game.  Although hampered by injuries this season, the guard has continued to be a vocal leader for the Panthers.  

Dowd has achieved Dean’s List status at the University of Pittsburgh in every single semester she has been enrolled. Abby is a dual major,  who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Sociology and a Certificate in Women’s Studies. She is a two-time Big East Academic All-Star and on three occasions has been named a University of Pittsburgh Scholar Athlete. Thank you Abby for your contributions to Pitt women’s basketball.

About the Match-Up
Pitt and DePaul are meeting for just the 12th time in program history with the Blue Demons holding a 7-4 edge in head-to-head meetings. The series is tied at two games apiece in conests played in Pittsburgh. Eight of the 11 meetings have been decided by 11 or fewer points

The two teams first met during the 1980-81 season with Pitt posting an 85-84 overtime win in its own tournament. Following a 26-year hiatus, the Panthers fell in the first two games of the reestablished series when DePaul  joined the Big East: first at DePaul (Jan. 3, 2006,. 81-75) and later that season at the Big East Championship, 69-46, in the quarterfinal round in Hartford.

Pitt followed with two-straight wins and victories in three of the next four games, including a 62-59 Big East quarterfinal win in Hartford on March 8, 2009- that was the last Panthers win in the series.

This afternoon’s meeting is the second of the season. DePaul escaped with a 57-55 win on  Jan. 29 in Chicago. The game featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes.  DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko scored the game-winner with 4.2 seconds left. Pitt led by as many five points early in the second half. DePaul had a seven-point lead with just over four minutes to go before the Panthers tied the game up in the closing minute.  

About DePaul
DePaul is 19-9 on the season and 8-6 in Big East play. The Blue Demons are 2-3 in their past five games, but are coming off a 75-55 home win on Tuesday evening over Georgetown.

Guard Anna Martin is pacing the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game. She missed the past eight games with a knee injur, returning to the lineup in the last game out. Martin  is ranked seventh all-time in the DePaul record book and was heralded prior to the season as a unanmous all-Big East selection, a State Farm Wade Watch candidate and a Wooden Award Preseason top-30.  

Point guard Brittany Hyrnko is averaging 15.3 points (7th in Big East) and 5.0  assists per game (3rd in the league).  She is averaging 16.6 points in league games with 37 of her team-high 75 3-pointers. Backcourt mate Chanise Jenkins is seventh in the league, handing out 4.3 assists a game.

Center Katherine Harry leads not only the squad, but also the Big East in rebounding pulling down 10.9 boards a game. Harry is tied for fourth in the Big East in double-doubles (7) with Asia Logan. Harry  - a 1,000 point performer - is averaging 9.1 points per contest.  Jasmine Penny - who has started all 28 games - is third on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg).

DePaul has connected on 200 3-pointers this season (7.1 per game/28 games) - compare that to the 83 triples Pitt has drained in 27 games. The Blue Demons are ranked fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.419). DePaul is fifth in BE in scoring offense - but ranked 14th in scoring defense (68.6).

About Pitt
The Panthers are 9-18 on the season and 0-14 in the Big East, having dropped their past 14-straight.  The last win for Pitt came on Jan. 2, 2013- a 55-54 win at Old Dominion. 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, currently averaging 14.7 points (9th in the Big East). Logan is also leading the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards a game, sixth in the Big East. She is one of just four players to be ranked in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding.  

Logan posted her seventh season and career double-double against Georgetown on Feb. 23, tallying 21 points and 16 rebounds. The 16 boards were a career-high for the Baltimore native.

Sophomore Brianna Kiesel  is averaging 14.6 points, tied for 10th in the Big East.  Pitt is one of two school to have two players ranked in the top-10 in scoring (Notre Dame is the other).  She is averaging 17.6 points over the past three games. Kiesel has tallied double figure scoring in 41 games over her career, 21 of those this season.

Ashlee Anderson is third in scoring, averaging 6.8 points. The redshirt junior guard has 15 starts in 27 games (20.3 mpg). She is third on the team in assists (2.0). Redshirt freshman Lo Briggs is averaging 6.6 points and a team second-best 2.1 assists.

The Panthers finished the non-conference slate with a 9-4 mark. Pitt is 11th in scoring offense (59.3 ppg) and 12th in scoring defense (65.7) among Big East leaders. The free throw percentage, as high as fifth this season, has dropped to 11th in Big East stats (.676).

What A Win Means ...
A Pitt win over DePaul today 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 at Rutgers on Monday 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 34-straight regular season league games and have fallen in 32-straight Big East contests overall (includes tournament which was the last win in Big East play on March 4, 2011).

Taking Charge
Prior to Pitt taking a 2-0 lead over Georgetown on the first basket of the game one week ago at the 19:10, the Panthers had not led in a 123:09 span (double overtime vs. PC) over the previous three games. They failed to hold a  lead in games versus Cincinnati, Syracuse and Louisville prior to the early lead against Georgetown. Pitt was up 8-7 on Connecticut this past Tuesday through the first nine minutes of play.

50 Hard-Fought 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 to Providence. 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.

Offensive Struggle
The Panthers had have a number of field goal droughts in Big East play this season, lasting four or more minutes - 11 in total. The longest came the last game at Connecticut when Pitt went 9:26 (to close first half) without a field goal. They had a six minute and 10 second period without a basket versus Villanova on Jan. 12, the second-longest drought. Pitt went 5:25 without a field goal against Cincinnati on Feb. 20 and went a combined 10 minutes and 16 seconds (two differnet spans) without a field goal at Syracuse (one in first half and one in second stanza) on Feb. 16.  Pitt experienced similar shooting woes at Louisville on Feb. 9, with two separate droughts (4:54, 5:09).

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 redshirt freshman and four freshmen (three playing this season).

Versus Ranked Opponents
Pitt is 15-145 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.  Pitt is 0-4 versus ranked opponents this season.

Simply The Best
With a 67-49 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 20, Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato became the program’s all-time winningest coach. She surpassed  former coach Kirk Bruce (1985-98, 13 seasons) for the most wins in women’s basketball history at Pitt with her 159th win.  Berenato, in her 10th season at Pitt this year, is the second-longest tenured coach behind Bruce.

Different Five
Only one player has started all 27 games for the Panthers this season- sophomore guard Brianna Kiesel (first in minutes, averaging 36.3 a game). Pitt has used eight (8) different starting line-ups in its 27 games.  Nine players in total have gotten at least five starts. Today’s line-up will be the ninth different starting lineup with the addition of red-shirt junior Abby Dowd- who will be the 10th different player to have started at least one game this season.

Pitt’s Starting Lineups in 2012-13        Record
Kiesel, Briggs, Anderson, Logan, Golden    6-3 (first 8G)
Kiesel, Davis, Anderson, Logan, Golden        0-1
Gordon, Kiesel, Anderson, Logan, Golden    3-2
Gordon, Kiesel, Briggs, Logan, McManus    0-3
Gordon, Kiesel, Briggs, Golden, McManus    0-2
Davis, Kiesel, Briggs, Logan, McManus        0-2
Davis, Kiesel, Briggs, Pettepier, McManus    0-2
Davis, Kiesel, Briggs, Logan, Pettepier        0-3

Scoring Queens
Either Asia Logan or Brianna Kiesel have been at the top of the final stat sheet in 22 combined contests each this season. The duo have paced the team in a single game in 12 (Kiesel) and 10 (Logan) games, respectively.  Junior Ashlee Anderson has led in two games and Marquel Davis, Cora McManus and Lo Briggs in a game each. Kiesel has paced the team in scoring in four of the past six games and seven of past 11. Logan’s 21 points in the last home game (Georgetown on Feb. 23) marked the first time she had paced Pitt since USF on Feb. 3 (span of five games).

Panthers in OT
Pitt  have played in 32 overtime games during its women’s basetball history, including one this season (a double overtime affair). The Panthers have played three double overtime games in history, including this season’s double-overtime loss to PC on Feb. 6. Pitt is 17-16 all-time in overtime games with its last OT win coming on Dec. 31, 2011 versus Lafayette. The Panthers last win in conference play in overtime came against Rutgers on Feb. 10, 2009 at the RAC (61-53).

The Last Meeting
January 29, 2013
In Second-Straight Game, Pitt's Rally Comes Up Short; Panthers Drop 57-55 Decision at DePaul
Pitt saw its chance to end its Big East winless streak fall short, as DePaul recorded the winning shot with 4.2 seconds left to escape 57-55 in Big East women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Junior Asia Logan finished with 15 points to lead four players in double figures for the Panthers (9-11, 0-7 Big East). Loliya Briggs had 12 points, while Brianna Kiesel chipped in 11. Logan, Briggs and Kiesel each recorded a team-high six rebounds apiece.

Pitt Hosts DePaul in Final Home Game of Season

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