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GAME 29: PITT (9-19, 0-15 Big East) at RUTGERS (15-13, 6-9 Big East)
Monday, March 4, 2013 • 7:30 p.m.
Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) • Piscataway, N.J.
Officials: Bryan Enterline, Tom Danaher, Rachelle Jones
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed on website); George Von Benko, Jen Tuscano
On the Air (Internet): R Vision (accessed through RU website)
Live Stats/GameTracker: www. PittsburghPanthers.com
Series Info: Rutgers leads 25-3
Current Streak: Rutgers W4
Big East Regular Season: RU, 19-2
Home: RU leads 11-2
Away: RU leads 14-1
Neutral: Never Met
Last Meeting: Jan. 10, 2012, Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, RU 63, Pitt 39
First Meeting: Feb. 25, 1978, New Brunswick N.J., RU 88 Pitt 67
Storylines & Notables:
• Today’s game marks Pitt’s final Big East regular season game. The Panthers join the ACC on July 1, 2013.
• Brianna Kiesel has started every single regular season Big East game over her two years in a Pitt uniform. She has 58-straight starts coming into tonight’s game overall.
• Associate head coach Pat Coyle led RU to its only national championship (1982, AIAW).
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-410/29th season overall; 161-146/10th at Pitt
Rutgers: C. Vivian Stringer (Slippery Rock, 1973) 900-331/42nd season overall 380-196/18th season at RU
Pitt Stat Leaders:
• Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 15.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg , 1.4 spg
• Asia Logan, Jr., F, 14.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 8 double-doubles
• Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 6.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg
• Loliya Briggs, Fr.-RS, G, 6.4 ppg, 2.1 apg
Rutgers Stat Leaders:
• Erica Wheeler, Sr., G, 10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 47 3-pointers
• Monique Oliver, Sr., F/C, 9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, .520 FG%
• Betnijah Laney, So., F, 9.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.9 spg
• Chelsey Lee, Sr., F, 6.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg. .521 FG%
Last Game Out
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel reached a new career-high with 28 points, but it was not enough as the Pitt women’s basketball team dropped an 81-73 decision to DePaul on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
The game marked the final home contest for redshirt junior Abby Dowd and the last home game in Big East play.
Junior Asia Logan posted her eighth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Marquel Davis added 13 points for the Panthers (9-19, 0-15 Big East).
DePaul (20-9, 9-6 Big East) had five players reach double-digit scoring status led by 16 points from forward Jasmine Penny. The backcourt of Brittany Hrynko (15) and Anna Martin (14) combined for 29 points, while center Katherine Harry had 12 points and 18 rebounds.
The Panthers matched a season-low, committing just nine turnovers.
Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field, DePaul connecting on 45.7 percent of its shots and Pitt at a 40.5 percent effort.
The Panthers played catch-up from the opening tip. After tying the game at 2-2, DePaul ripped off the next five-straight points. Pitt closed to a point three times over the next six minutes, lastly on a 12-foot jumper from Logan with 10:58 left in the half. The Blue Demons responded by hitting their next two field goal attempts.
Pitt scored on its next trip down the court – a three-pointer by Logan in front of the DePaul bench – to close to deuce at 17-15. After the Blue Demons extended the lead to four twice, another triple - this one from Kiesel – knocked down the deficit to a point at 21-20 with 8:01 remaining in the first period.
DePaul used an 11-3 run - capped by a baseline three-pointer by Megan Rogowski – to pull to its largest lead of the half. The Panthers trailed by seven (36-29) at intermission.
Kiesel scored just nine seconds into the second half and her thread-the-needle pass to Davis 32 seconds later trimmed the lead to 36-33. DePaul got on the second half scoreboard on its next possession with a trey from Hrynko to stop the Panthers’ streak.
Two-straight buckets from Pitt narrowed the gap to two, but the Panthers could get no closer. The Blue Demons ripped off 10 of the game’s next 12 points to grab their first double-digit lead.
The 40 percent plus shooting was the first for Pitt in a 10-game span and just the second time in Big East action.
Tonight’s meeting is the 29th in the series. Pitt trails Rutgers, 3-25 all-time – which includes a 2-19 mark in Big East action. The Scarlet Knights have won the last three in the series and have an 11-2 mark over the Panthers on their home
The Panthers had dropped 14-straight (11 year period) to the Scarlet Knights before posting a 61-53 overtime win on Feb. 10, 2009 in Piscataway, N.J.
Pitt scored the fewest points in the series last season when the squads faced off (39) on Jan. 10 at the Petersen Events Center, matching the 39 tallied in 2007 in Piscataway.
Last Time in Piscataway
Senior Chelsea Cole collected her 12th double-double of the season, but it was not enough as Pitt dropped a 54-42 decision at Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway. Khadijah Rushdan recorded a triple double for Rutgers with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Pitt shot 32.1 percent for the game while Rutgers hit at a 35.3 percent effort. The Panthers connected on just two of 19 three-point attempts (10.5 percent).
Last season in Pittsburgh, RU led from the opening tip en route to a 13-point halftime lead and a 63-39 final. Then-sophomore Asia Logan was the only Pitt player in double figures with 10 points - off the bench in 23 points. Pitt’s starting guards (ran four guards last year against RU) went a combined 7-of-33 from the field (.212) - take out Abby Dowd (3-of-6) and Brianna Kiesel, Ashlee Anderson and Marquel Davis shot a combined 13.3 percent from the field.
Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato has a number of connections to the state of New Jersey. Berenato, who grew up in Gloucester City, N.J., is the eighth of 10 children born to Peter and Theresa McGlade. She attended Gloucester Catholic High School, where she played on three state championship teams (a group of 20 former classmates from her high school were in attendance the last time these teams faced off at Rutgers).
Berenato also began her collegiate coaching career in the Garden State, spending four seasons at Rider (1981-85). She was also the head volleyball coach for the Broncs. Berenato is a member of both the Camden County and Rider University Sports Hall of Fames.
The Panthers have one lone New Jersey native - Chyna Golden – on their roster. The second-year player is very familiar with two Scarlet Knights, having played at Neptune High School with RU guards Syessence Davis and Kena Richardson. The trio helped lead the Lady Scarlet Fliers to the Shore Conference title and the NJ Group 3 state crown last year.
Spottted - A Lot of Connections
Pitt associate head coach Pat Coyle, a Philadelphia native, starred at Rutgers from 1978-82. She was part of the first class of inductees into the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
Coyle - along with her twin sister, Mary - formed one of the best backcourts to ever don the Scarlet. She finished her career with 1,209 points - fourth highest at the time and ranked 22nd today. Coyle tallied 30 points against Texas in the AIAW Tournament championship, earning MVP honors. That AIAW 1982 national championship banner can be seen in the rafters at the RAC. Coyle also served as an assistant coach at her alma mater.
While the head coach for the New York Liberty, she coached a pair former Scarlet Knight standouts - Essence Carson and Kia Vaughn. Coyle’s twin, Mary (Coyle) Klinger is the head coach at Rutgers Prep, the head coach for the East squad at the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game. Speaking of Rutgers Prep, former star Marvadene Anderson is a member of the Pitt team - she is redshirting this season and will be available for action in 2013-14 in time for Pitt’s first year in the ACC.
Rutgers assistant coach Tasha Pointer shares a connection with Pitt redshirt junior Ashlee Anderson - both are graduates of famed high school powerhouse Whitney Young High School in Chicago.
On the opposite bench, Hall of Fame Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer has ties to the city of Pittsburgh. She is a native of Edenborn, Pa., a graduate of Slippery Rock University and was inducted into the Fayette County Hall of Fame in the summer of 2010. Pitt radio play-by-play is the master behind that Hall of Fame and also hails from the Uniontown area.
First Time for Everything
The last time Pitt led in a game against Rutgers was on Jan. 10, 2010 at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt held a three-point edge (8-5) at the 15 minute mark of the first half. RU used a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. The teams combined for 34 points off of each other’s turnovers (Pitt has 21 turnovers and RU 17).
For the Pitt squad, its a first-time trip to the RAC for most of the team. Only three members (Ashlee Anderson, Marquel Davis and Asia Logan) have ever played in the loud facility.
Rutgers is 15-13 on the season and has lost five of its last six games. The Scarlet Knights are coming of a 56-48 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday, dropping them to 6-9 on the season. RU is 12-2 at home this season, 5-2 at home in league events.
Only one player is averaging double figures for RU, senior Erica Wheeler (10.4 ppg). The guard is also the team leader in minutes (31.1), three-pointers (47 of the teams’ 72) and is second in asssists (2.5 per game). Redshirt senior Monique Oliver is averaging 9.9 points and 5.0 rebounds a contest, while shooting 52 percent from the floor. Wheeler and Oliver have paced the Scarlet Knights in scoring in 10 games apiece.
RU has used 12 different starting line-ups in 28 games. Nine underclassmen dot C. Vivian Stringer’s roster along with four seniors (one of those a walk-on).
As a team, Rutgers is shooting 40.7 from the field, 26.7 percent from behind the arc on the season in its 28 games. The team is shooting just 64.4 percent from the free throw line - ranked last in the league. The Scarlet Knights are averaging over 10 steals per game and 13.5 assists.
Neither team lives and dies by the three - or at least that aspect has not been the cornerstone of either team’s season - as Rutgers is ranked 15th in the Big East in triples per game (2.6/72 total) and Pitt is at 12th (3.2 per game/89 total).
The Panthers are 9-19 on the season. The last win for Pitt came on Jan. 2, 2013- a 55-54 win at Old Dominion, a stretch of 15-straight losses. Pitt is the only team without a win in league play (0-15).
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel is averaging 15.0 points, ninth in the Big East. She is averaging 20.3 points over the past four games with a career-high the last game out vs. DePaul of 28 points. Kiesel has tallied double figure scoring in 42 games over her career, 22 coming this season. She has also increased her rebounding efforts, collecting 4.8 per game. The guard is fourth in the Big East in time on the court, averaging 36.4 minutes
Junior Asia Logan had paced the team in scoring since the second game of the season but moved to second after Saturday’s game with a 14.7 points per game clip (11th in the Big East). Logan continues to pace the Panthers in rebounding with 7.3 boards a contest - up to fifth in the league. She is averaging 10.7 rebounds in the past three games. The forward has eight (8) double-doubles on the season, third in the Big East.
Ashlee Anderson is third in scoring, averaging 6.8 points. The redshirt junior guard has 15 starts in 28 games (20.5 mpg). She is third on the team in assists (2.0). Redshirt freshman Lo Briggs is averaging 6.4 points, while Marquel Davis is at a 6.3 points per game average. Davis has started the past eight-straight games and is averaging 10.4 points over the past seven games.
The Panthers finished the non-conference slate with a 9-4 mark. Pitt is 11th in scoring offense (59.8 ppg) and 12th in scoring defense (66.2) among Big East leaders. The free throw percentage, as high as fifth this season, has dropped to 13th in Big East stats (.671).
What A Win Means ...
A Pitt win over Rutgers tonight 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.
• the first road win in Big East regular season play since at West Virginia on Feb. 5, 2011 (60-53).
The Panthers have lost 35-straight regular season league games and have fallen in 33-straight Big East contests overall (includes tournament which was the last win in Big East play on March 4, 2011).
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).
Prior to Pitt taking a 2-0 lead over Georgetown on the first basket of the game one on Feb. 23 (19:10), the Panthers had not led in a 123:09 span (double overtime vs. PC). They failed to hold a lead in games versus Cincinnati, Syracuse and Louisville prior to the early lead against Georgetown. The last lead for Pitt in a game came against Connecticut on Feb. 26, an 8-7 edge at the 14:07 mark - as against RU, the Panthers are looking for their first lead in a game in over 74 minutes of play (74:07).
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.
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 versus Connecticut on Feb. 26 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 played 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).
Thank You, Abby!
Redshirt junior Abby Dowd arrived at Pitt a bit 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 the fall of 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.
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.
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.
Only one player has started all 28 games for the Panthers this season- sophomore guard Brianna Kiesel. Pitt has used nine (9) different starting line-ups in its 28 games. Nine players in total have gotten at least two starts.
Pitt’s Starting Lineups in 2012-13 Record
Kiesel, Briggs, Anderson, Logan, Golden 6-3
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
Davis, Kiesel, Dowd, Logan, Pettepier 0-1
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 versus Georgetown on Feb. 23 were a game-high for the junior, the first time she had paced Pitt since USF on Feb. 3.
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).
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