Nov. 19, 2013
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GAME FOUR: PITT (2-1) at MICHIGAN (3-2)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET
Crisler Center • Ann Arbor, Michigan
On the Air (internet): web-streamed via Michigan All-Access ($); Big Ten Student Network ($)
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed)
Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Jen Tuscano
Social Media: Follow game action on Twitter: @PittWomensHoops; Facebook: Like Pitt Women’s Basketball
Series History: Pitt leads, 2-1.
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 1-0.
At Michigan: Pitt leads 1-0
Neutral Site: Michigan leads 1-0.
Last Meeting: Dec. 19, 1992: Pitt 64, Michigan 62 (H).
First Meeting: December 27, 1989: Michigan 71, Pitt 59 (Neutral/Miami)
Storylines & Notables:
• The last two meetings between Pitt and Michigan have been decided by a combined four points.
• Brianna Kiesel looks to keep pace with the top scorers in the ACC. She is currently 10th in conference averaging 15.7 points per game.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball (2-1) team will look to rebound from its first loss of the season on Wednesday night when the Panthers travel to Ann Arbor to take on the University of Michigan (3-2) inside the Crisler Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Last time out, the Panthers suffered a 48-45 defeat at the hands of Lafayette. Michigan is coming off back-to-back road wins against in-state opponents Detroit and Western Michigan. This marks the fourth meeting between the teams and the first since 1992.
PLANES AND BUSES:
Today’s game at Michigan is the second road game of the season for the Panthers. It marks a stretch of three of first five games on the road for Pitt. In total after Saturday’s game, Pitt will have traveled just shy of 1,000 miles (one-way) since Nov. 13.
Muncie, Ind. - 331 miles
Ann Arbor Michigan - 329 miles
Baltimore, Md. - 275 miles
Total - 975 total
Wednesday’s game marks the fourth meeting between Pitt and Michigan. The Panthers hold a 2-1 record and have won the last two meetings in the short series, both by just two points. The teams will face off in Pittsburgh next season.
Dec. 27, 1989 (N) Pitt 59, Michigan 71*
Dec. 17, 1991 (A) Pitt 74, Michigan 72
Dec. 19, 1992 (H) Pitt 64, Michigan 62
*Burger King Classic, Miami, Fla.
The last time Pitt made a trek to Michigan - it was one of the most successful games in program history. The Panthers recorded a 94-78 wire-to-wire win at Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Dec. 31, 2010. The squad set a program record with 12 3-pointers – four of which came from a then-redshirt freshman named Ashlee Anderson (now a senior). They shot 70.6 percent from behind the arc in the game.
VERSUS THE BIG 10:
The last meeting with a member of the Big 10 Conference came during the 2011-12 season. Pitt took on Big 10 foes in back-to-back games on Dec. 20 and 21, facing Indiana and Michigan State, in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun. The Panthers defeated Indiana in overtime, 77-72 and out-lasted Michigan State 64-54 the next afternoon.
The Panthers are 28-46 all-time versus the league. The majority of Pitt’s encounters with Big 10 schools have occurred against state rival Penn State - 40 of the 74.
Pitt's Record Against:
Illinois - never met
Indiana - 4-4
Iowa - 0-1
Michigan - 2-1
Michigan State - 3-0
Minnesota - 0-1
Nebraska - never met
Northwestern - 2-1
Ohio State - 2-10
Penn State - 13-27
Purdue - 1-0
Wisconsin - 1-1
Total - 28-46
(not including Penn State 15-19 record)
The Wolverines are 3-2 on the season and have had a stockpile of games in-a-row (Wednesday marks the fourth game in a seven-day span). UM is coming off a 73-45 win on Monday evening over in-state rival Western Michigan.
Second year coach Kim Barnes Arico is very familiar to Pitt, having coached at former Big East rival St. John’s from 2002-2012. The Red Storm’s all-time winningest coach, she had a 176-133 record at the Queens, NY based school. Versus Pitt over that period, Barnes Arico posted a 10-3 record.
As a team, UM is averaging 71.2 points per game with four players averaging double figures. The squad - as a whole - is assisting on 66 percent of their total field goals and shooting 43 percent from the field.
Junior guard Shannon Smith, one of two players to start all five games for the Wolverines, is leading the team in scoring (19.6 ppg). Nicole Elmblad - the other player to have started all five contests this young season - paces the team in minutes (39.0) and rebounds per game (10.6), and is second in scoring (11.6). The duo have accounted for 46 percent of the team’s total trips to the free throw line.
The staff of Barnes Arico will also have familiarity to Panther fans and players. Chester Nichol helped lead WVU to three NCAA tourney’s during his time at Pitt’s biggest rival. The assistant director of operations for UM is Liz Repella, who enjoyed a successful playing career at West Virginia from 2008-11. Joy McCorvey was a player of Barnes Arico’s at St. John’s, helping guide the Red Storm to the national stage. Lastly, Director of Operations Amy Mulligan was the SID at both St. John’s and more recently, Virginia before making the move to Ann Arbor.
CAN I HAVE THAT?
The Panthers had 14 steals on Nov. 8 – 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 and seven in a loss to Lafayette on Sunday, averaging now 10.0 per game. Opponents are averaging 4.0 steals per game. Ironically two freshmen are pacing the Panthers with five steals each - Fred Potvin and Chelsea Welch.
UP AND AWAY:
The Panthers are averaging 5.0 three-pointers per game after three contests, having hit seven in each of their first two games (just one in last game vs. Lafayette). All of last season in 30 games, Pitt hit seven-or-more 3-pointer in a single game just once - a 72-70 loss to Georgetown on Feb. 23, 2013.
Pitt’s opponents have not fared well from long-range, dropping 3.3 3’s a game and shooting .192. That field goal percentage is the third best 3-point field goal percentage defense in the ACC.
The Panthers will travel to Loyal Maryland for their next game on Nov. 23. The away contest concludes a road trip of three away games in a four game span. Tip is set for 1 p.m.