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Pitt Women's Basketball Returns Home to Host Loyola




Dec. 4, 2012

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GAME 8: PITT (5-2) vs. LOYOLA (4-4) 
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.

On the Air (internet):
web-streamed via Pitt Panthers All-Access 
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano
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Social Media: Twitter, @PittWomensHoops; Facebook, Like Pitt Women's Basketball
Live Updates on Twitter during game
Series History: Pitt leads 3-0, 2-0 at home
Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 16.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.8 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 9.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Loyola Stat Leaders: 
• Katie Sheahin, Sr., G, 15.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.7 apg. 2-time All MAAC Defensive Player of the Year
• Kara Marshall, So., G, 8.1 ppg, All MAAC Rookie team last season
• Nneka Offodile, Jr., F, 5.1 rpg
Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary’s, 1980); 440-394/29th season overall, 157-130/10th season at Pitt
Loyola: Joe Logan (Loyola, 1996); 113-109/Eighth season overall

Quick Hits
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.
• Sophomore Brianna Kiesel was named to the Big East Honor Roll on Monday, after averaging 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week.
• Pitt is averaging 16.1 second chance points a game - opponents are averaging 9.0.

•The Panthers welcome HOOPLA to Wednesday's game. Hoopla is a group comprised of University of Pittsburgh administrators, faculty & staff who band together at two games each season to support our basketball team. Jean Ferketish, the Secretary of the Board and Assistant Chancellor, helped to develop this initiative in 2005 - and the attendance has grown each year.

Guest Coach: Alex Matthews, Community Specialist

Scouting Loyola
Loyola is 4-4 on the season having captured wins in three of its last four games and four of the last six. The Greyhounds - who dropped their first two games of the season at Hartford and at home to Maryland - are 1-3 on the road so far this campaign.

Senior Katie Sheahin leads the squad in scoring, pumping in 15.5 points a game. She has led the team in scoring in six of the Greyhounds eight games. The forward is also pacing the team with 29 assists, while connecting on 82.1 percent of her free throw attempts. Sheahin along with second leading scorer Kara Marshall (8.1 ppg) have combined to make 50 of the team’s total 112 trips to the charity stripe this season.

Series Info
Today’s matchup at the Petersen Events Center marks the fourth meeting between the teams. The Panthers hold a 3-0 advantage over the Greyhounds following a 65-59 victory last November at the Petersen Events Center. This will be the third matchup between Pitt and Loyola at the PEC and the third consecutive year the teams have faced off.

Dec. 5, 1993 N W, 88-75
Nov. 28. 2010 H W, 73-45
Nov. 18, 2011 H W, 65-59

Meet Maryland
Pitt has played six teams from the state of Maryland, owning a 12-8 record. Loyola will be one of two Maryland schools that the Panthers will face this season as they will host Mount St. Mary’s (Coach B’s alma mater) on December 20. The Panthers have faced a school from Maryland in each of the past seven consecutive seasons.

Maryland Opponent/Pitt Record Against
Coppin State 1-1
Loyola 3-0
Maryland 1-7
Maryland Eastern Shore 1-0
Morgan State 1-0
Mount St. Mary’s 5-0
Totals 12-8

There’s Always A Bond
Pitt associate head coach Patty Coyle was the head coach at Loyola from 1992-98. Coyle owned a 100-77 record in the head coaching seat and led the Greyhounds to back-to-back MAAC Championships, as well as, consecutive trips to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 1994 and 1995. Loyola head coach Joe Logan served as a manager on Coyle’s staff as an undergraduate.

Freshman walk-on Bridget Higgins attended Mount St. Joseph Academy in the Philly area - along with Loyola sophomore Steph Smith.

Versus the MAAC
Pitt is facing off against a MAAC opponent for the 10th time in program history. The Panthers hold a 9-1 record versus the conference with its only loss coming to Siena during the 1996 season. Loyola is the second of three MAAC teams Pitt plays this season. The Panthers defeated Siena on Nov. 13 at Fitzgerald Field House and will host Rider - Coach Berenato’s first head coaching job - at the Petersen Events Center on December 16.

MAAC Opponent Pitt Record Against
Canisius 1-0
Fairfield 1-0
Iona never met
Loyola 3-0
Manhattan never met
Marist never met
Niagara 2-0
Rider never met
Saint Peter’s never met
Siena 2-1
Totals 9-1