March 7, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Brianna Kiesel and Loliya Briggs of the Pitt women’s basketball team have been selected to the All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by league officials on Friday afternoon.
Pitt is just one of three schools to have multiple representatives to earn this award along with Duke and Maryland. NC State’s Kody Burke was named the Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year.
An Administration of Justice major, Kiesel adds this distinction to an already impressive academic resume. Kiesel was on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013, and she has had a 3.0 or higher in three of her five terms at Pitt. She is on pace to graduate in just three years and plans to pursue a second degree in communications.
Kiesel was just recently selected to ‘Coach for College,’ which will give her the opportunity to visit children in Viet Nam this summer and help them understand the importance of education.
On the court, Kiesel had the best season of her career as she led the team in almost every statistical category and increased her points, rebounds and assists per game this season. Kiesel averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. She was named the ACC Player of the Week on January 6th and one day later she garnered USBWA National Player of the Week one day later.
Briggs also majors in Administration of Justice and has been on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for three straight years (2011-13), while making Dean’s List in the Fall of 2011 and the Fall of 2013.
She has carried a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all five of her terms, and like Kiesel, she is on pace to graduate in just three years.
Briggs was the team’s third leading scorer this season, averaging nine points per game. She had a career-high 28 points against Wake Forest on February 9th, which was the highest scoring output for any Pitt player this season.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Kody Burke – NC State – Business Management
All-ACC Academic Team:
Natalie Achonwa – Notre Dame – Management Consulting
Shayla Bivins – Georgia Tech – Public Policy
Nicole Boudreau – Boston College – Undeclared
Loliya Briggs – Pittsburgh – Administration of Justice
Lexie Brown – Maryland – Finance
Brianna Butler – Syracuse – Sports Management
Lexie Gerson – Virginia – Higher education
Kelly Gramlich – Clemson – Communications
Chelsea Gray – Duke – Sociology
Malina Howard – Maryland – Kinesiology
Brianna Kiesel – Pittsburgh – Administration of Justice
Tricia Liston – Duke – Psychology
Adrienne Motley – Miami – Broadcast Journalism
Haley Peters – Duke – Political Science
Katie Rutan – Maryland – Accounting
Uju Ugoka – Virginia Tech – Sociology
Elizabeth Williams – Duke – Psychology