March 1, 2014
GAME 30: PITT (11-18, 3-12 ACC) at MIAMI (15-13, 7-8 ACC)
Sunday, March 2, 2014 • 1 p.m. ET
BankUnited Center • Coral Gables, Fla.
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Series History: Miami leads, 16-8
at Pitt: Pitt leads, 5-4
at Miami: Miami leads, 10-1
Neutral: Series tied, 2-2
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In the conclusion of the regular-season for the Panthers’ inaugural season in the ACC, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team looks to defeat Miami on Sunday before heading to the ACC Tournament next week in Greensboro, N.C. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and fans can watch the action on RSN (ROOT SPORTS).
Welch Sets New Career-High:
Freshman guard Chelsea Welch is coming off a career-high 16 points in a loss to NC State. She helped engineer a 22-6 run late in the game which cut a 23 point deficit to just seven with 1:30 remaining. Despite not being able to complete the comeback, Welch made a career-best six field goals (6-9), including going 4-7 from behind the arc, which is also a new career-best. Brittany Gordon contributed a season-high 12 points.
Stat Sheet Stuffer:
As has been the case all season, junior guard Brianna Kiesel filled up the box score against NC State with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Kiesel was 8-10 at the free throw line and continued to add to her league lead in free throws made and attempted (142-170, .835). The seven assists tied a season-high (FSU and UVA) and she is averaging 6.4 rebounds over her last five games. With 14 points against Miami, she will move into 11th place on Pitt’s all-time scoring list with 1,331 points. Kiesel has already surpassed her total points, rebounds and assists output from last season.
Winners of their past two games, the Hurricanes look to even their conference record at .500 heading into the ACC Tournament. The Canes have three players who average double-figures, led by freshman guard Adrienne Motley at 11.2 points per game. She is joined by Caprice Dennis (10.9 ppg) and Keyona Hayes (10.2 ppg) in the scoring column, while Hayes aaverages a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game.
This will be the 25th all-time meeting between Pitt and Miami with the Hurricanes holding a 16-8 advanatge. Miami has claimed the last four contests in the series. Pitt has had a specifically hard time winning at Miami as the Panther are just 1-10 on Miami’s home court. Pitt leads 5-4 at home and the series is tied 2-2 on neutral courts.
The Panthers will head to their first ever ACC Tournament next week, beginning on Wednesday, March 5th in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets for the tournament are still available by calling the Pitt ticket office 800-643-PITT or by clicking here.
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