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Women's Basketball Returns Home; Hosts Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday

Freshman Chelsea Welch is shooting 58 percent in the team's past two games.

Freshman Chelsea Welch is shooting 58 percent in the team's past two games.

Nov. 25, 2013

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GAME SIX MOUNT ST. MARY’S (2-4) at PITT (3-2)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA

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, 6-0.
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 5-0.
At Mount St. Mary’s: Pitt leads, 1-0.
Last Meeting: Dec. 20, 2012: Pitt 67, Mount St. Mary's 49 
First Meeting: Nov. 17, 2006: Pitt 77, Mount St. Mary’s 55

Storylines & Notables:
• The Panthers return home for a three-game stand, its longest of the season. Pitt opened with three of its first five games on the road.
• Pitt leads the all-time series against Mount St. Mary’s 6-0.
Asia Logan averaged 14.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg in Pitt’s two games last week.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Coming off a 60-54 victory at Loyola Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team (3-2) looks to continue the momentum with a non-conference game against Mount St. Mary's (2-4) on Tuesday evening at the Petersen Events Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m.   


 

 

Last Time Out:
The Panthers got back on the winning side of things with a 60-54 decision at Loyola on Saturday.  Senior Asia Logan scored 15 points and collected nine rebounds in the return to her hometown of Baltimore, Md.

Logan added three steals and two blocks, while shooting 5-of-10 from the field. Junior Brianna Kiesel had 12 points, while freshman Fred Potvin added 10 as Pitt improved to 3-2 on the season. The Panthers committed a season-low eight turnovers; the fewest by a Pitt team since March 21, 2009 against Montana (6 turnovers).

About the Match-Up:
Pitt and Mount St. Mary's are meeting for the seventh time in program history. The showdown is the seventh in the last eight years. The Panthers hold a 6-0 edge in head-to-head showdowns and are 5-0 at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt posted a 67-47 win in the last meeting between the teams on Dec. 20, 2012. Asia Logan had 26 points and Brianna Kiesel chipped in 23 as the Pitt women's basketball team rolled to the win.

Chyna Golden helped with the cause, registering a career-high 15 rebounds. Freshman Brittany Gordon - in her first career start - had seven assists for Pitt. The Panthers had 13 steals in the win.

Record-Setting:
The Panthers recorded 14 steals, setting a Petersen Events Center record, when the squads faced off on Dec. 4, 2010.  The 30 points scored by the Mount in that same game were the fewest by a Pitt opponent since Nov. 18, 1981. Pitt has held Mount St. Mary's to 12 points in a half twice in the previous five meetings.

Scouting Mount St. Mary's:
The Mount is 2-4 on the season and is on the road for the fifth time in their first seven games. The Mount is led in scoring by the team's leading scorer the past-two seasons - Sydney Henderson. The redshirt senior guard is averaging 22.3 points per game and 5.2 rebounds. She is the lone player in double figures for the team. Jesse Kaufman is averaging 9.3 points and 4.0 boards.

Mount St. Mary's is averaging almost 12 more points a game than it was a season ago. They are averaging 70.5 points a contest, compared to 58.5 a year ago. The team has out-rebounded three of their six opponents this season and is 2-1 in those games.

Henderson is averaging 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds. Kaufman is second in scoring, averaging 10.6 points. The two have combined to drain 34 of the team's 47 3-pointers. Selina Mann has 29 steals for the Mountaineers - just over 41% of the team's total 70 steals.

The Mount roster features a Pittsburgh native (sophomore Jayla Leftwich) and one other tie to the Panthers. Mount senior Rachel Mathews is a Midlothian (Va.) graduate - Athletic Trainer Ann Marie Porada is also a Midlothian product. 

Versus the NEC:
Pitt holds a 43-3 record against teams from the Northeast Conference (NEC). The only three losses to current NEC league members have come to state rival Saint Francis. Pitt faced two NEC schools last season and will do so again this year with a return game to Wagner on Dec. 7.

NEC Schools 
Bryant - never met
CCSU - 1-0
Fairleigh Dickinson - never met
Long Island - never met
Mount St. Mary's - 6-0
Robert Morris - 24-0
Sacred Heart - 1-0
Saint Francis University (PA) - 7-3
St. Francis (NY) - 1-0
Wagner - 3-0
Totals - 43-3

Meet Maryland:
Pitt has played six teams from the state of Maryland over its history, owning a 15-8 record. Loyola and Mount St. Mary's  are two of three Maryland schools that the Panthers will face this season. They will 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.

Maryland School/Opponent                                
Coppin State - 1-1
Loyola - 5-0
Maryland - 1-7
Maryland Eastern Shore - 1-0
Morgan State - 1-0
Mount St. Mary's - 6-0
TOTAL - 15-8

Very Few Mistakes:
Pitt had just eight turnovers on Saturday at Loyola, the fewest by a Pitt team since March 21, 2009 against Montana (6 turnovers) in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers had just two turnovers in the first 20 minutes on Saturday against Loyola - that number is the fewest for a Pitt team in any half since the 2008-09 season (1 turnover at WVU on Feb. 24, 2009). 

Roaring Back
The come-from-beind win at Loyola on Saturday was the biggest comeback victory for Pitt in a game since a 58-57 win last season over Brown on Nov. 24, 2012. They overcame an identical 12-point deficit. It marked the biggest road/neutral game bounce-back since a neutral game win over Michigan State on Dec. 21, 2011 - that Pitt team came back from 14 back to post a 64-54 win. 

Up Next:
The Panthers will host Buffalo in its annual Hometown vs. Hunger game this coming Sunday, Dec. 1. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

Fans will receive a FREE ticket to the Pitt Women's Basketball game vs. Buffalo on December 1 with a donation of non-perishable food items. Season ticket holders will receive a FREE guest ticket or a discount at the Panthers Team Store. All students will receive 4 Loyalty Points for donation and attendance. All will have the opportunity to win drawings for 100.7 Star's "O Starry Night" concert at the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday, December 10th.