March 3, 2014
GAME 31: PITT (11-19, 3-13 ACC) vs. WAKE FOREST (14-15, 5-11 ACC)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • 6:30 p.m. ET
Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, N.C.
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Series History: Series tied, 1-1
at Pitt: Wake Forest leads, 1-0
at Wake Forest: N/A
Neutral: Pitt leads, 1-0
GREENSBORO, N.C. – In its first ever ACC Tournament, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team will play Wake Forest in the 11 vs. 14 matchup on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. inside the Greensboro Coliseum. The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS locally in Pittsburgh.
The Panthers finished 14th in the league and will look to redeem a loss to the 11th seeded Demon Deacons. The winner of the Pitt/Wake Forest game will get the sixth-seeded UNC Tar Heels (ranked 13 nationally) on Thursday night at 8 p.m.
Kiesel Leads Pitt into Greensboro:
Brianna Kiesel will lead the Panthers into the postseason after having the best season of her career. Kiesel averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season, which were all career-highs. She is currently leading the ACC is free throws made (147-177, .831). Kiesel scored double-figures in 26 of the 29 games she played in this season and reached 20+ in ten of those contests. She was named the
ACC Player of the Week and USBWA National POW on January 7th. Kiesel is averaging nine rebounds per game over her last three outings.
Senior Asia Logan is 30 points away from reaching 1,000 for her career and is six rebounds shy of 500. Logan is coming off one of her best games of the season at Miami where she tallied her fifth double-double with 22 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. If Logan were to reach 1,000 career points, she would be the 19th player in program to do so.
The game between Pitt and Wake Forest will be a rematch from a February 9th meeting in Pittsburgh where the Demon Deacons defeated Pitt 74-70. The Panthers let a 17 point halftime lead evaporate as Dearica Hamby led Wake Forest back for the victory. After foul trouble in the first half for Hamby, she erupted for 23 points in the second half and finished the game with a career-high 32 points and 14 rebounds. Hamby finished the regular season as the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder with 21.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
Scouting the Field:
Notre Dame is the top seed in the tournament as the Irish finished the season undefeated at 29-0 and is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation. Duke, Maryland and NC State all received the double-bye and will not play until the quarterfinals on Friday.
Syracuse earned the five seed and UNC the six seed as both team’s finished with a 10-6 conference record. Georgia Tech and Miami round out the top eight.
Florida State received the final first round bye, as Wednesday will feature 10th seeded Virginia vs. 15-seed Boston College, No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Clemson and No. 11 Wake Forest vs. No. 14 Pitt.
The ACC picks one game every tournament to raise awareness for breast cancer, and the Pitt vs. Wake Forest has been selected as that game. Pitt will wear its pink uniforms for the second time this season. The Panthers wore their pink uniforms for the first time this season in a 56-43 home victory against Clemson.
Where to watch:
The first three days of the ACC Tournament will be televised on ROOT SPORTS, while the semifinals will be on ESPNU and the finals will air on ESPN Sunday night at 7 p.m.
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