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Brianna Kiesel was tabbed an All-Big East honoree on Thursday.

March 7, 2013

PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh sophomore Brianna Kiesel was named an All-Big East Women's Basketball Honorable Mention, it was released by the league office on Thursday afternoon.

Kiesel leads the Panthers in a host of statistical categories, including scoring (15.0 points per game), assists (3.0 per game) and minutes (36.4 per game). The Utica, N.Y. native is also tops on the squad in free throw percentage (.810) and steals (1.4 per game).

She is ranked 10th in the Big East in scoring, fifth in free throw percentage and fourth in minutes. Kiesel holds the top-spot in minutes played in league-only games, averaging 38.8 a game.

The sophomore guard collected 23 double-digit scoring games this season, which included six 20-point plus outings. Additionally, Kiesel notched the first two double-doubles of her career this winter.

Kiesel, who individually established career highs in nine categories this season, led Pitt in scoring in a team-high 14 contests. Kiesel was selected unanimously as a member of the 2012 Big East All-Freshman Team.

Players named to all-conference squads are selected in a vote among the conference's 15 head coaches; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Pitt, seeded No. 15 in the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters, will take to the court on Friday, March 8. The Panthers will face No. 10 seed Marquette at 6 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

The game will be streamed online at George Von Benko and Jen Tuscano have the call courtside on WJAS AM 1320 and on-line at


BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Sr., G


BIG EAST Sixth Man Award

Carmen Tyson-Thomas, Syracuse, Sr., G


BIG EAST Most Improved Player

Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Sr., G

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, So., G


BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award

Anna Martin, DePaul, Sr., G

All-BIG EAST First Team^

Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, Jr., C

*Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, So., F

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, So., G

Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Sr., G

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Jr., G

Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame, Jr., F

*Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G

Kayla McBride, Notre Dame, Jr., G

Nadirah McKenith, St. John's, Sr., G

Shenneika Smith, St. John's, Sr., G

*Andrea Smith, USF, Sr., G

Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Sr., C


All-BIG EAST Second Team

Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-Jr., G

Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Sr., G

Katherine Harry, DePaul, Sr., F

Anna Martin, DePaul, Sr. G

Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, Jr., G

Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, Jr., F

Symone Roberts, Providence, Sr., G

Brittany Morris, Seton Hall, Sr., G

Andrell Smith, USF, Sr., G

Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Sr., F


BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Jr., G

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, Fr., F

Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, Fr., G

Brianna Kiesel, Pittsburgh, So., G

Erica Wheeler, Rutgers, Sr., G


BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut, Fr., G

*Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, Fr., F

Chanise Jenkins, DePaul, R-Fr., G

Brooklyn Pumroy, Marquette, Fr., G

*Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, Fr., G

*Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, Fr., G

Kahleah Copper, Rutgers, Fr., G

Brianna Butler, Syracuse, Fr., G

*Brittney Sykes, Syracuse, Fr., G

Alisia Jenkins, USF, Fr., F


*Unanimous selection

^ Extra members added due to voting ties




Pitt Sophomore Brianna Kiesel Selected All-Big East Honorable Mention

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