Nov. 22, 2013
GAME FIVE: PITT (2-2) at LOYOLA MARYLAND (1-3)
Saturday, November 23, 2013 • 1 p.m. ET
Reitz Arena • Baltimore, Md.
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (streamed live on Pitt Panthers All-Access; tape dealy on WJAS)
Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Jen Tuscano
Social Media: Twitter: @PittWomensHoops; Facebook: Like Pitt Women’s Basketball
Series History: Pitt leads, 4-0
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 3-0
At Loyola: first meeting in Baltimore
Neutral: Pitt Leads, 1-0.
Last Meeting: Dec. 5, 2012: Pitt 57, Loyola 47 (H)
First Meeting: Dec. 5, 1993: Pitt 88, Loyola 75 (N)
Storylines & Notables:
• Panthers look to rebound from back-to-back losses.
• This is the return trip of a home-and-home series. Pitt and Loyola played in Pittsburgh last season
• At 8.8 rebounds per game, Asia Logan looks to remain in the Top-10 in the ACC. She is currently tied for 10th.
BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team (2-2) will look to rebound from back-to-back losses with a road contest at Loyola (Md.) (1-3) on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. Tip is set for 1 p.m.
Last Game Out
Four players scored in double figures, but it was not enough as Pitt dropped an 83-75 decision to Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Wednesday. Redshirt sophomore Loliya Briggs paced the Panthers with 14 points, which included three 3-pointers. Senior Asia Logan finished with a double-double, her 10th career, registering 13 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Brianna Kiesel and redshirt freshman Bubbles Anderson tallied 12 points apiece.
The Panthers shot 49.2 percent from the field, their best shooting contest since last season at DePaul (1/29/13, .516). Pitt knocked down 11 3-pointers, one off the program record (12- set on Dec. 31, 2010 at Central Michigan). Ironically that was the last time the Panthers had played a game in the state of Michigan.
Today’s matchup marks the fifth meeting between the teams. The Panthers hold a 4-0 advantage over the Greyhounds, with three of the four previous games being played at the Petersen Events Center.
Dec. 5, 1993 (N): Pitt 88, Loyola 75
Nov. 28, 2010 (H): Pitt 73, Loyola 45
Nov. 18, 2011 (H): Pitt 65, Loyola 59
Dec. 5, 2012 (H): Pitt 57, Loyola 47
The Greyhounds are 1-3 on the season, having posted their first victory of the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday evening. Loyola bested Howard at home, 72-62, behind a strong second half performance. Kara Marshall and Nai Brown had 14 points each for the Greyhounds. Brown has either led or co-led in each of the team’s games this season. As a team, Loyola is averaging 56.2 points per game and is being out-rebounded by 10 boards a game.
Marshall, a junior, is one of three players to have started all four games for head coach Joe Logan this season. The guard is second on the team in points per game (8.5) and first in assists (2.8). Junior Nai Brown is pacing the team in points per game, averaging 12.5 per contest. Brown has earned more than a quarter of the team’s trips to the free throw line.
Head Coach Joe Logan – the program’s winningest coach - is in his ninth season at the helm of the Greyhounds. He has a couple of new members on his staff, faces that may be familiar both to the Pitt coaching staff and ACC fans. Ryan Gensler spent the past two seasons at St. Bonaventure University, helping the squad record 31 wins and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Pitt head coach McConnell-Serio and assistants Lindsay Richards and Carmen Bruce faced off against the Bonnies as both SBU and Duquesne are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Laura Harper is also a new addition to the Greyhounds’ staff. She was a standout at Maryland and a key component on the team’s charge to the 2006 National Championship. Harper was the NCAA Final Four Outstanding Player and a 10th pick in the WNBA Draft in 2008.
There’s No Place Like Home
And for Asia Logan this is a huge homecoming. When asked how many people she has coming to Saturday’s game at Reitz Arena – she said, “a lot!” with her trademark smile. A senior, Logan attended Digital Harbor High School, a magnet high school in the city of Baltimore and situated just south of the Inner Harbor. The school is just 5.2 miles away from the Loyola campus.
Pitt has played six teams from the state of Maryland over its history, owning a 14-8 record. Loyola will be one of three Maryland schools that the Panthers will face this season as they will host Mount St. Mary’s next week and tangle with ACC foe Maryland in February. The Panthers have faced a school from the ‘Old Line State’ in each of the past eight-consecutive seasons.
Coppin State - 1-1
Loyola - 4-0
Maryland - 1-7
Maryland Eastern Shore - 1-0
Morgan State - 1-0
Mount St. Mary’s - 6-0
TOTAL - 14-8
Pitt Versus the Patriot League
Today’s meeting is the third of the season between Pitt and a Patriot League member school. The Panthers opened up their season on Nov. 8 at home against Bucknell and hosted Lafayette on Nov. 17. Other members of the Patriot League include: American, Army, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. Loyola University Maryland, along with Boston University, joined the league this season.
Pitt has an 11-4 record all-time against teams currently in the Patriot League and have faced off against at least one Patriot League team each of the past three seasons.
All-Time Against Patriot League
American - 3-1 - 2001: W, 84-60
Bucknell - 1-1 - Nov. 8, 2013 – W, 66-51
Lafayette - 3-2 - Nov. 17, 2013 – L, 45-48
Loyola - 4-0 - Dec. 5, 2012 - W, 57-47
On the Road Again
Three of Pitt’s first five games of this 2013-14 season are on the road with the stretch wrapping up Saturday in Baltimore. In total after Saturday’s game, Pitt will have traveled just shy of 1,000 miles (one-way) since Nov. 13 when it departed for Muncie, Indiana from Pittsburgh.
Muncie, Indiana - 331 miles
Ann Arbor Michigan - 329 miles
Baltimore, Maryland - 275 miles
Total: 975 miles one-way
It is the most road/away/neutral games in the month of November for the Panthers since the 2007-08 season when Pitt opened the season with seven-straight games on the road or on a neutral site. They did not play a game at home until December 5. After Saturday’s game at Loyola, Pitt is home for three-straight (Nov. 26, Dec. 1, Dec. 4).
The Panthers will return to Pittsburgh and open a three game home-stand, beginning on Nov. 26 with a contest against Mount St. Mary’s. That will be followed by games against Buffalo (Dec. 1) and James Madison (Dec. 4).
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