Nov. 16, 2013
GAME THREE: PITT (2-0) vs. LAFAYETTE (3-0)
Sunday, November 17, 2013 • 1 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
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Series History: Pitt leads, 22-1
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 2-0
At Lafayette: Pitt trails 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 1, 2012 - Lafayette 68, Pitt 65
Storylines & Notables:
• Pitt under the directon of first year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, is looking to stretch its win-streak to three games with a Sunday afternoon tilt against Lafayette. The last time a Pitt team began a season with two-straight wins was 2009 - that squad started its campaign with eight-consecutive victories.
• Sunday's meeting marks the third-straight season the squads have faced off and second time in three years at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers hold a 2-1 edge in head-to-head meetings, but lost last year in Easton, Pa. The last two contests between the clubs have been decided by a combined eight points.
• The last time the teams met in Pittsburgh, Pitt squeezed out an overtime win in the last game of the calendar year in 2011. The Leopards shot 56 percent for the game, but Pitt’s defense was the difference - turning 28 Lafayette turnovers into 27 Panther points.
• The Panthers are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game; having hit seven triples in each of its two games. Take into account - only once last season in 30 games did Pitt drain seven or more three’s in a single game (averaged 3.1 on season).
PITTSBURGH– The Panthers break up a length road swing with a Sunday afternoon tilt against Lafayette College. The game will tip at 1 p.m.
Pitt is coming off a 63-55 road win at Ball State on Thursday, a contest that saw 10 lead changes and seven ties. The Panthers got a balanced attack on offense (12 points each from Ashlee Anderson and Brianna Kiesel and 11 points from Bubbles Anderson) and some timely defense (nine team steals, including a game-sealer from freshman Chelsea Welch) to post their second-straight win.
Pitt is 2-0 to start the season after a 66-51 win over Bucknell on Nov. 8 and a 63-58 victory on Thursday at Ball State.
The last time a Pitt team began a season with wins in its first-two games was 2009. The Panthers had wins over North Florida and Florida. They started that season with eight-straight victories, seven of the eight at home. Only one current player - Ashlee Anderson - is still around from that 2009-10 season - and she didnt see competition that year instead getting a redshirt season after a preseason injury.
The Leopards are 3-0 on the season. After winning its first two games by a combined six points, Lafayette posted a 95-83 win on Friday night over Columbia in its last outing. Today’s game marks Lafayette’s second away contest of the young season - a season in which the team welcomes back all five of its starters from a year ago. The Leopards finished the 2012-13 season with an 11-19 record.
Four players are averaging double figures led by Emily Homan’s 16.7 points per game, while sophomore Jamie O’Hare is averaging 15 points per contest. Homan, a junior, was the 2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
In the squad’s three games, three different players have paced Lafayette in rebounding. Six players are averaging 3.7 rebounds or more on the season led by the 7.7 per contest from 6-7 center Danielle Fiacco. Fiacco is the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots (183 prior to season).
First-year LC assistant coach Yolanda Griffith is one of the most decorated women’s basketball players in the history of the game. She and Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio have something in common - both are Olympians. Griffith won gold in 2000 and 2004; while coach McConnell-Serio has a gold (1992) and a bronze (1996). The two also are WBNA veterans.
Against the Patriot League
Pitt is facing its second Patriot League opponent of the season this afternoon in Lafayette. The season-opening victory over Bucknell improved Pitt’s record against the Patriot League to 9-3 overall and evened the series with the Bison at 1-1.
The Panthers are not done with Patriot League foes as they square up against the newest Patriot member Loyola on Nov. 23 in Baltimore. Pitt has faced off against at least one Patriot League team each of the past three seasons.
All-Time Against Patriot League
PL Team Record Last Mtg
American 3-1 2001 - w, 84-60 (H)
Bucknell 1-1 2001- L, 57-58 (H)
Lafayette 2-1 Dec. 1, 2012 - L, 65-68 (A)
Loyola 3-0 Dec. 5, 2012 - W, 57-47 (H)
Back in the Left Column
The Panthers 66-51 victory over Bucknell was the team’s first win since Jan. 2, 2013 when they beat Old Dominion 55-54 in Norfolk, Va. Pitt had lost their previous 17 games before the season opening victory. The win was also the first at home for Pitt since Dec. 12, 2012 – a 67-49 win over Mount St. Mary’s. The road win at Ball State on Thursday was the first for the Panthers since the forementioned win at Old Dominion on Jan. 2.
Hitting the Boards
Against Bucknell on Nov. 8, the Panthers lost the rebounding battle by a 59-38 count. The Bison posted a 24-8 edge in offensive boards, which resulted in a 14-8 advantage in second chance points for the visitors - but Pitt won the game.
The last time a Pitt team won at the final horn; despite getting outrebounded by double digits was during the 2002-03 season. Seton Hall posted a 15 rebound edge over Pitt (30/45) - but Pitt won at the final horn by a 57-54 score on March 4, 2003.
Can I Have That?
The Panthers had 14 steals on Nov. 8 n their season-opening win over Bucknell .That was the most steals by a Pitt team in a single game since 15 recorded against Marquette on Feb. 4, 2012 - a span of 38 games.
Pitt had nine steals at Ball State in its last outing, making its season average 11.5 per game. Opponents - meanwhile - are averaging just five swipes a contest versus Pitt.
Up and Away
The Panthers are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game after two contests, having hit seven in each of their two games. ALL of last season in 30 games, Pitt hit seven-or-more 3-pointer in a single game just once - in a 72-70 loss to Georgetown on Feb. 23, 2013. Pitt is ranked in a tie for third among ACC leaders in three-point field goals made per game.
The Panthers were lead both offensively and defensively by senior forward Asia Logan and junior guard Brianna Kiesel in the team’s first game on 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.
The double dose of double-double marked the first time two Pitt players registered a double-double in the same game since Dec. 11, 2010 - a win at Valpariaso. Leeza Burdgess had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Chelsea Cole collected 12 points and 11 boards.
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