Nov. 29, 2012
GAME 7: PITT (5-1) at LAFAYETTE (2-5)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 • 2 p.m.
Kirby Sports Center • Easton, Pa.
On the Air (internet): web-streamed via Lafayette All-Access http://www.goleopards.com/allaccess/?media=353901
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); Jim Colony, Jennifer Tuscano
Live Stats/GameTracker: www.PittsburghPanthers.com
Social Media: Twitter, @PittWomensHoops; Facebook, Pitt Women's Basketball
Live Updates on Twitter during game
Series History: Pitt leads 2-0, first away game at Lafayette
Pitt Stat Leaders: Asia Logan (17.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg), Brianna Kiesel (11.7 ppg, 3.8 apg); Ashlee Anderson (9.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
Lafayette Stat Leaders: Emily Homan (13.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Danielle Fiacco, 9.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 29 blocks)
Head Coaches: Pitt: Agnus Berenato, 440-393/29th season overall, 157-129/10th season at Pitt; Lafayette: Dianne Nolan, 538-462/36th season overall, 21-46/3rd season at LC
• Head coach Agnus Berenato is one win from tying and two from becoming Pitt’s all-time WBB wins leader.
• The next win over a non-conference opponent is the 100th under Berenato.
• Pitt is averaging 17.2 second chance points a game - opponents are averaging 8.3 second chance points.
•Pitt has posted a 202-122 advantage this season in the paint over its six foes.
• The Panthers had a season-low 10 turnovers vs. Longwood last game out.
Lafayette is 2-5 on the season, losing 68-64 at home to Rider on Tuesday. Pitt is the third Big East school the Leopards are facing in their first eight games. Lafayette lost at Seton Hall (54-60) on Nov. 11 and dropped a home contest to Villanova (34-73) on Nov. 14.
Lafayette is paced in scoring by last season’s Patriot League Rookie of the Year Emily Homan (13.0 ppg). Danielle Fiacco – a 6-7 center - is averaging 9.6 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds. As a team, the Leopards are shooting 31.2 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from behind the arc.
Pitt holds a 2-0 lead over Lafayette in head-to-head meetings. The first showdown took place on Nov. 21, 1999 with Pitt posting an 80-43 at home.
The second occurred last season - also in Pittsburgh - when the Panthers overcame a 15-point second half deficit to post a 74-69 overtime win on Dec. 31, 2011. Brianna Kiesel had 15 points and Marquel Davis added 14. Pitt connected on 25-of-35 free throws (two off a Petersen mark for free throw attempts) which included scoring nine of its final 13 points in regulation from the charity stripe. Lafayette had 27 assists on 29 field goals - the best ratio for an opponent last season.
Six Degrees of Separation
The bond between two coaches today goes back to their days in South Jersey. Coach Berenato’s high school coach was Lafayette coach Dianne Nolan’s high school coach and mentor, as well - Nolan’s mother, Bertha ‘Bert’ Nolan.
Nolan was the long-time coach at Gloucester Catholic, who helped bring girl’s basketball to the modern level (which included moving to game to 5-on-5) and is believed to have recorded more than 500 wins (complete records were not kept) in 24 years of coaching. Her 1973 Rams team won the first state title in girls’ basketball in New Jersey. Lafayette head coach Nolan played high school ball with Coach Berenato’s older sister, Chrissy. Bert passed away in 2007 at the age of 82.
On A Roll
The Panthers are 5-1 on the season, having captured five consecutive wins. The last time a Pitt team won five games-in-a-row was the 2009-10 season. The Panthers won eight-straight over a span to start that campaign (Nov. 17 - Dec. 8).
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