Nov. 29, 2013
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GAME SEVEN: BUFFALO (3-2) at PITT (4-2)
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 • 2 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
7th ANNUAL HOMETOWN VS. HUNGER
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed via Pitt Panthers All-Access, fee apply)
Play-by-Play: George Von Benko; Color: Jen Tuscano
On the Air (Video): Streamed Live on Pitt Panthers All-Access
Social Media: Twitter: @PittWomensHoops (live game updates); Facebook: Like Pitt Women’s Basketball
Series History: Pitt leads,1-0
At Pittsburgh: first meeting
At Buffalo: Pitt leads, 1-0
Last and Only Meeting: Dec. 29, 2012; Pitt 91, Buffalo 77
Event: Players will sign autographs on the Concourse after the game.
Storylines & Notables:
• The Panthers are tied for third in the ACC in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just 56.2 points per game.
• Brianna Kiesel and Asia Logan are ranked in the top-10 among ACC leaders in a pair of statistical categories. Kiesel is sixth in assists per game among the league’s best; while Logan holds the same spot in rebounds per game (9.0).
• Pitt has played a team from the Mid-American Conference each of the past eight seasons. Buffalo is the second MAC school the Panthers are facing this season; having beaten Ball State on Nov. 14.
• Last year when these teams faced off in Buffalo (in game 12 for the Panthers), Pitt put up season-best numbers in points (91) and field goal percentage (60.3 percent). The team played 30 games on the season.
PITTSBURGH - Pitt women's basketball looks to stretch its win streak to three games on Sunday, Dec. 1 when the Panthers entertain Buffalo at the Petersen Events Center. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
The contest marks the seventh annual Hometown vs. Hunger contest. The Panthers have teamed with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, UPMC Health Plan and CBS Radio to fight hunger in Western Pennsylvania.
With a donation of a non-perishable food item on Sunday, fans can attend the game for free. Season ticket holders will receive a free ticket for a guest or a discount at the Panthers Team Store. All students will receive four (4) loyalty points for donation and attendance.
Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to win drawings for 100.7 Star’s "O Starry Night" concert at the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday, December 10.
Last year's Hometown vs. Hunger game - along with the CBS Radio Pack the Pete Food Drive - raised over 5,000 pounds of food for those in need during the holiday season.
The Panthers and Bulls are meeting for the second time in program history with the first showdown taking place last season in Buffalo, N.Y. Pitt posted a 91-77 victory, recording a season-high in points and shooting a season-best 60.3 percent from the field.
Pitt is fresh off its best game of the season, collecting a 78-43 win over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Junior Brianna Kiesel (17 points, 11 rebounds), senior Asia Logan (12 points 10 rebounds) and redshirt senior Ashlee Anderson (13 points, 10 rebounds) were the first trio to record three individual double-doubles in the same game since Feb. 28, 2005 (at Providence).
Freshman Fred Potvin chipped in a career-high 16 points, including the most 3-pointers by a Pitt player in two seasons. The Panthers smothered the Mountaineers’ offense, holding them to 25 percent shooting for the game (15-of-60). Pitt shot 43.3 percent for the game (29-of-67) and assisted on 18 of its 29 made field goals.
About the Match-Up
Pitt and Buffalo are meeting for just the second time in program history with the first showdown occurring last season on the Bulls’ home court. Pitt posted a 91-77 road win on Dec. 29, 2012. The 91 points were a season-high for points which also saw the team shoot 60.3 percent from the field. That effort was the highest mark for a Pitt team since a 61.4 percent (35-of-57) showing versus Western Michigan on Dec. 5, 2009. It was just the fourth time since 2006 that a Panthers team shot better than 60 percent in a single game.
Five players scored in double figures in the contest led by 21 points from New York native Brianna Kiesel, while Loliya Briggs pumped in 18 points – still her career-high. Ashlee Anderson (14), Brittany Gordon (14) and Asia Logan (12) rounded out the scoring for the Panthers.
While her team is facing Pitt for the second-straight season, second-year Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is meeting up with Pitt for the third consecutive campaign. Jack previously served as head coach at Indiana and the Panthers recorded a 77-72 overtime win over Indiana during the 2011-12 season (Dec. 20, 2011) at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico. Legette-Jack played collegiately herself at rival Syracuse, who along with Pitt joined the ACC this season.
The Bulls are 3-2 on the season, coming off a 68-59 win over Canisus on Wednesday night at home. MacKenzie Loesing had a career-high 25 points, 23 of those in the second half. The Buffalo defense forced 27 turnovers, turning those into into 29 points. The squad posted 11 steals, the most for a Bulls team in 11 years.
Loesing - a sophomore - leads the team in points per game (18.0) and has made almost a third of the team’s total trips to the free throw line.Junior Kristen Sharkey is second in points (12.8 ppg) and paces the team with 9.2 rebounds a contest, 21 of her team-best 46 on the offensive end.
Ten players are averaging 11.3 minutes or more a game for the Bulls. Much like Pitt, Buffalo has struggled from the free throw line - shooting just 57.4 percent from the line. Almost 40 percent of the Bulls’ total field goal attempts have come from 3-point range.
Buffalo is making its second trip to the city of Pittburgh this season.They faced cross-town rival Duquesne on Nov. 20, dropping a 78-55 decision. The Bulls are 2-1 in road games this season.
Versus the Mid-American Conference
Pitt holds a 30-11 record in head-to-head meetings with schools who make their home in the Mid-American Conference. The Panthers have played a team from the MAC the past eight-straight seasons, going back to 2005-06 and start of a home-and-home with Akron. Pitt registered a 63-58 win over MAC school Ball State on Nov. 14 in Muncie, Ind., the team’s first road win of the season.
Ball State 2-0
Bowling Green 0-0
Central Michigan 2-0
Eastern Michigan 2-2
Kent State 8-5
Miami (OH) 1-1
Northern Illinois 0-0
Western Michigan 3-0
Spotting a Good Lead
The margin of victory over Mount St. Mary’s this past Tuesday was the largest for a Pitt team since a 86-51 win (+35) over Valparaiso on Dec. 11, 2010. The Panthers led by as many as 37 points in the contest, the largest a Pitt team has been up in a game since Dec. 4, 2010. Pitt had a 39-point lead against Mount St. Mary’s, before posting the 66-30 final tally.
Mount St. Mary’s went 15-of-60 from the field on Nov. 26 for a 25 percent shooting effort, the lowest for a Pitt opponent since the 2010-11 season. That opponent in 2010 was Mount St. Mary’s, which shot 22 percent (11-of-50) in a 66-30 loss on Dec. 4, 2010.
Pitt out-rebounded Mount St. Mary’s, 51-44 in its last game out on Nov. 26 - the first time the Panthers have won the battle of the boards in a game this season (6 contests). The 51 caroms are the most in a regulation game for Pitt since last season against Brown (Nov. 24, 2012); Pitt had 54 rebounds in that contest.
Against Bucknell on Nov. 8, the Panthers lost the rebounding battle by a 59-38 count. 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.
The Panthers are 15th in the league in offensive rebounding (10.5 per game), but are in the middle of the pack on defensive boards per game (9th, 27.2).
Very Few Mistakes
Pitt had just eight turnovers at Loyola on Nov. 23, 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 against the Greyhounds - that number is the fewest for a Pitt team in any half since the 2008-09 season (one turnover at WVU on Feb. 24, 2009).
The come-from-beind win at Loyola on Nov. 23 was the biggest comeback victory for Pitt 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 in the Carribean Classic on Dec. 21, 2011 - that Pitt team came back from 14 back to post a 64-54 win.
The Panthers are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game after six contests, having drained 36 on the season from behind the arc – including seven or more in three games. Through six games last season, the team had 20 drop from long range. 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 shooting 34.6 percent from downtown on the season (36-of-104), while opponents are at a 24.8 percent (26-of-105) clip. Pitt’s six opponents are averaging 4.3 triples a game. The 11 3-pointers recorded at Michigan on Nov. 20 were the most for a Pitt team since they had 12 – a program-record at Central Michigan on Dec. 31, 2010.
I Can See Clearly
The Panthers had a season-high 18 assists at Michigan on Nov. 20. The dimes were the most by a Pitt team since 18 recorded against Mount St. Mary’s last season on Dec. 20, 2012. Pitt reached the 18 assist total for the second time of the season when they collected the same number versus Mount St. Mary’s (on 29 field goals). Junior guard Brianna Kiesel is pacing the team, averaging 4.4 assists per game – ranked seventh in the ACC. Redshirt senior Ashlee Anderson and freshman Chelsea Welch are averaging 2.2 and 2.0 assists per game, respectively.
As a team, Pitt has double-digit assists in each of its six games.