Dec. 7, 2012
GAME 9: PITT (6-2) vs. DUQUESNE (7-1)
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 • 2 p.m.
A.J. Palumbo Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano
On the Air (internet): web-streamed via http://www.goduquesne.com/allaccess/?media=342002 (rates apply)
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Live Updates on Twitter during game
Series History: Pitt leads, 19-11
Home: Pitt leads, 11-4
Away: Pitt leads, 7-5
Neutral: Duquesne leads, 3-1
Last Meeting: Dec. 28, 2011, Duquesne 70, Pitt 57
First Meeting: Dec. 6, 1974, Pitt Tournament, Pitt 91, Duquesne 32
Pitt Stat Leaders:
• Asia Logan, Jr., F, 15.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg
• Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.6 apg
• Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 13 steals
Duquesne Stat Leaders:
• Wumi Agunbiade, Jr., F, 13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg
• Belma Nurkic, So., G, 10.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, team-high 15 3-pointers
• Jocelyn Floyd, Sr., G, 9.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 45 steals
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary’s, 1980); 441-394/29th season overall, 158-130/10th season at Pitt
Duquesne: Suzie McConnell-Serio (Penn State, 1998); 106-61/sixth season overall/at Duquesne
• Head coach Agnus Berenato tied former coach Kirk Bruce for the most wins in Pitt program history with the victory over Loyola on Wednesday.
• 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.
Today’s meeting is the 31st in the series, which dates back to 1974. The schools are separated by just 2.2 miles.
The Dukes are 7-1 on the season, which includes a 3-0 mark at home. Junior Wumi Agunbiade is pacing the team in points (13.3) and rebounding (8.0). Belma Nurkic is the only other Duquesne player in double figures, averaging 10.1 points per game. The Dukes have used the same starting five - Agunbiade, Nurkic, Jocelyn Floyd, April Robinson and Orsi Szecsi - in all eight games. The team is averaging nearly four more assists a game than their opponents’ and six more steals (14.8 to 8.7).
Pitt holds a 19-11 advantage in its series with cross-town rival Duquesne (school’s separated by just 2.2 miles). The teams first met (varsity status for Pitt) on Dec. 6, 1974 with the Panthers posting a 91-32 win - still the largest win in the series. The squads have faced off every season since the 1983-84 campaign, 28 straight meetings with today’s game. Pitt is 11-4 at home all-time versus Duquesne and 7-5 on the road. The Dukes have claimed the last three victories.
Odds & Ends
Most Pittsburgh Points: 96 (96-84) in 1984-85
Most Duquesne Points: 92 (92-80) in 2003-04
Biggest Pittsburgh Win: 59 (91-32),1974
Biggest Duquesne Win: 13 (70-57), 2011
Number of Overtime Games: 1
Least Points Combined: 108 (1995)
Most Points Combined: 180 (1985)
Last City Showdown
The teams met last season at the Petersen Events Center on Dec. 28, 2011 with Duquesne posting a 70-57 win Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson paced all scorers with 16 points, including a 2-of-3 performance from behind the arc. Freshman Brianna Kiesel had 12 points, while sophomore Asia Logan added 11 for the Panthers (7-6). The Dukes (11-2) saw six players achieve double-digit status, led by Orsi Szecsi with 13 points.
The contest opened neck-and-neck with neither team leading by more than five points over the first 15 minutes of play. Pitt dropped three of its first five shots of the game to take a 9-8 lead with 16:06 on the clock. The Dukes answered with a 6-0 run – two 3-pointers - to take the lead at 14-9.
Pitt guard Marquel Davis tallied the next seven-straight as her runner in the paint tied the contest at 16-16 with 10:31 to go in the period. The Panthers offense stalled as the squad missed its next seven shots and the Dukes took advantage, rolling out a 13-1 run to pull to a 29-17 lead.
A jumper from Kiesel ended a seven minute field goal drought with 3:21 remaining in the first half, but Duquesne drained two-consecutive buckets in the paint to make it 33-19. The Dukes carried the same advantage – 14 points – into the break. In the second half, a triple from Anderson just in front of the Panthers bench closed the gap to 13 (47-34) with 14:44 remaining. The Dukes stopped any rally with nine unanswered points. Pitt tried to gain ground in the closing minutes, pulling to 11 in the final two minutes - but could get no closer.
Six Degrees of Separation and A Little More
Pitt is 44-23 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference is Bernadette (Bernie) McGlade – sister of Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato.
Dukes head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio is a Pittsburgh native and she and her staff have several ties to the University of Pittsburgh. McConnell’s sister, Maureen, played for the Panthers (1989-91), while current assistant coach Carmen Bruce is the daughter of former Pitt head coach Kirk Bruce and cousin of former Panthers Shayla Scott. Another McConnell sibling, Kathy, was an assistant coach at Pitt during the 1991 season, while the Panthers will face off with Tom McConnell on Jan 2 (he’s an assistant coach at Old Dominion).
Duquesne assistant coach Lindsay Richards is the daughter of Tom Richards, who played at Pitt with Kirk Bruce. Lindsay’s brother, Jason, is the assistant coordinator of video for the Pitt men’s basketball team.
Versus the Atlantic 10
Pittsburgh is facing a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference for the 68th time in program history. The Panthers hold (as noted above) a 44-23 lead in head-to-head meetings with current members of the A-10 (VCU and Butler joined this year).
School Record Against
Butler never met
George Washington 3-1
La Salle 7-1
Rhode Island 0-1
Saint Joseph’s 1-3
St. Bonaventure 3-0
Saint Louis 0-0
Best in Class
With Pitt’s win over Loyola on Wednesday, head coach Agnus Berenato tied former coach Kirk Bruce (1985-98, 13 seasons) for the most wins in program history. The two each have 158 victories. Berenato, in her tenth season at Pitt this year, is the second-longest tenured coach behind Bruce.
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