Nov. 13, 2013
GAME TWO: PITT (1-0) at BALL STATE (0-1)
Thursday, November 14, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET
Worthen Arena • Muncie, Ind.
On the Air (internet): web-streamed via Ball State All-Access
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed)
play-by-play: George Von Benko
color: Jen Tuscano
Social Media: Twitter: @PittWomensHoops; Facebook: Like Pitt Women’s Basketball
Series History: Pitt leads, 1-0.
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 1-0.
At Bucknell: N/A.
Last Meeting: Dec. 30, 1993: Pitt 79, Ball State 69.
First Meeting: Same.
Storylines & Notables:
• The Panthers play their first game on the road this season on Thursday. This contest marks three out of four games on the road for Pitt.
• Pitt defeated Bucknell in its season opener by the score of 66-51 and improved its record during home openers to 28-12.
• Brianna Kiesel (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Asia Logan (15 points, 10 rebounds) each tallied double-doubles. It was Kiesel’s third career double-double and Logan’s ninth.
MUNCIE, Ind. – Coming off a season-opening 66-51 victory over Bucknell last Friday, the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team (1-0) travel to Muncie, Ind. for a midweek clash with Ball State (0-1) on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The win came during Pitt’s fifth Annual School Day in front of 4,698 fans, and it gave head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio her first career victory as a Panther.
The Panthers were lead both offensively and defensively by senior forward Asia Logan and junior guard Brianna Kiesel in the team’s first game last Friday. Logan posted her ninth career double-double with a stat line of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kiesel’s 20 point, 11 rebound performance marked her third career double-double as a Panther. The 20-point performance from Kiesel marked the 15th time over the junior’s career she had topped the 20-point plateau.
Briggs Gets Into Double Figures
Loliya Briggs was the third player for Pitt to score in double figures as she had 15 points - three points off her career high of 18. The 15 points marked the redshirt sophomore’s seventh double-figure performance of her career. She added five rebounds, three assists and three steals to her line score.
Not only was the Panthers 66-51 victory over Bucknell a first for Coach McConnell-Serio, but also for two new players on the team in freshmen Fred Potvin and Chelsea Welch. Potvin, a native of Montreal, Canada - played 26 minutes and finished with three points and three steals. Welch, from Kettering, Ohio, played 24 minutes and tallied six points on two three-pointers.
Scouting Ball State
The Cardinals are 0-1 on the young season having dropped an away contest at No. 18/23 Purdue on Sunday by a 63-57 score. Ball State was led in scoring by Brittany Carter with 19 points (5 3-pointers). Teammate Natalie Fontaine - last year’s Mid-American (MAC) Freshman of the Year - had 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the set-back. The game was tied at the half 26-26, but Purdue opened up the second stanza on an 11-2 run. The Cards clawed back to within three points twice late in the game, but failed to make up the necessary ground.
Ball State finished the 2012-13 season with a 17-16 record and a 12-4 mark in league play under second year head coach Brady Sallee. He has an overall record of 136-109 in his coaching career (eight seasons at Eastern Ill.). Last year’s team had the biggest turnaround in MAC history in 20 years.
The Cardinals are looking for their first win in a home opener since the 2008-09 season - that win was ironically over a Pittsburgh-area school (Robert Morris, 85-81).
The teams have met on one previous occasion, facing off on Dec. 30, 1993 in the Lady Panther Invitational. Pitt posted a 79-69 win over Ball State. The squads will tangle next season when Ball State makes a return trip to Pittsburgh.
Versus the MAC
Pitt holds a 29-11 record in head-to-head meetings with schools currently in the Mid-American Conference. The Panthers have played a team from the MAC the past eight-straight seasons (going back to 2005-06 and start of a home-and-home with Akron). Last season, Pitt registered a 91-77 win at Buffalo on Dec. 29, 2012 - its last showdown with a MAC school. The Panthers will face Buffalo this season, entertaining the Bulls on Dec. 1 at the Petersen Events Center.
vs. MAC School
Akron - 3-0
Ball State - 1-0
Buffalo - 1-0
Central Michigan - 2-0
Eastern Michigan - 2-2
Kent State - 8-5
Miami (OH) - 1-1
Ohio - 8-0
Toledo - 0-3
Western Michigan - 3-0
Totals - 29-11
After this contest with the Cardinals, the Panthers return home for a game with Lafayette on Sunday, November 17 at 1 p.m. Pitt will then head back on the road for two straight games, at Michigan (11/20 – 7 p.m.) and at Loyola Maryland (11/23 – 1 p.m.).
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