Dec. 3, 2013
GAME EIGHT: JAMES MADISON (5-2) at PITT (4-3)
Wednesday, December 4, 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
On the Air (Video): Live via PittPanthers All-Access
Social Media: Twitter: @PittWomensHoops; Facebook: Like Pitt Women’s Basketball
Series History: Pitt leads, 2-0.
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 1-0.
At James Madison: N/A.
Neutral Site: Pitt leads, 1-0.
Last Meeting: Dec. 29, 2007: Pitt 69, James Madison 61 (Wagner Classic)
First Meeting: March 18, 2007: Pitt 71, James Madison 61 (NCAA’s)
Storylines & Notables:
• Brianna Kiesel is 39 points away from 1,000 in her career.
• Pitt looks to remain unbeaten against the Dukes; currently 2-0 all-time versus James Madison.
• JMU boasts the CAA Preseason Player of the Year in Kirby Burkholder. She averages 19.0 ppg
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team is set to host James Madison University on Wednesday night inside the Petersen Events Center with tip set for 7 p.m.
About the Match-Up:
Each team looks to get back on the winning side of things. Pitt (4-3) is coming off 66-62 loss at home to Buffalo on Sunday, a contest which saw the Panthers trail by as many as 16 points before staging a come-back that fell short.
Junior Brianna Kiesel continues to lead Pitt in a number of statistical categories, including points (15.0), assists (4.4) and minutes (35.0). She has paced the team in scoring in five of the Panthers’ seven games, while notching double figures in all seven contests this season. Kiesel is inching close to a personal milestone – the 1,000 point plateau. She is 39 points away from the magic number and would become just the 18th member of the exclusive club.
James Madison (5-2) has lost two-straight after starting the season on a five-game winning streak. The Dukes suffered a 79-77 loss in the final second versus Wright State at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday. Senior Kirby Burkholder is averaging 19.3 points, one of three JMU players in double figures. She is also is pacing the team in rebounding, averaging 8.7 per game.
Last Time Out:
The Panthers missed their first nine shots from the field and Buffalo opened the game on a 10-0 run and ultimately led wire-to-wire. Pitt found itself in a 16-point first half deficit and saw their second half surge fall short as Buffalo hung on to win 66-62.
Junior guard Brianna Kiesel scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the second half. The Panthers would cut the UB lead to four in the second half on three different occasions, but could not get any closer until a basket from Asia Logan made it 64-62 with two second remaining. Buffalo made two free throws with 0.2 seconds left for the 66-62 victory.
Freshman Fred Potvin had her second-straight good shooting night from behind the arc, hitting 4-of-9 from deep. Over the past two games she is 9-of-18 from long range. She finished with 12 points, and Logan contributed 13. Buffalo kept the Panthers in the game by shooting just 15-of-31 from the free throw line. However, the Bulls made 7-of-11 from the line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Scouting James Madison
The Dukes had impressive wins to start the season, with victories over Virginia and UCLA. JMU is led CAA Preseason Player of the Year and Naismith Award Watch List honoree Kirby Burkholder. Through seven games, Burkholder is averaging 19.0 points per game and 8.7 rebounds. The senior ranks second in the CAA in free throw percentage (88.1), third in rebounding, fourth in 3-pointers (16) and eighth in scoring.
Burkholder is helped out by Precious Hall and Toia Giggetts who both average double-figures. Hall is second on the team with 12.9 points per game, while Giggetts contributes 10.1 per game.
The Dukes are a very good rebounding team as they hold a +11.6 rebounding margin against opponents. Burkholder leads the way, but every player in the 9-player rotation is averaging at least 2.3 boards per game.
Versus the Colonial Athletic Association
Pitt has a 14-6 record all-time against current Colonial Athletic Association member schools. The CAA was founded in 1983 as the ECAC South and became the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985.
The Panthers faced one CAA school last season, Old Dominion – who has since departed for Conference USA. The last current team from the CAA to play in the Petersen Events Center was Drexel during the 2011-12 season. The Dragons posted a 71-50 win on Nov. 26, 2011.
James Madison: 2-0
UNC Wilmington: 0-1
William & Mary: 3-1
The Panthers hit the road after the contest with JMU as they travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to take on Wagner this Saturday, December 7 at Noon.
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