Pitt looks to win back-to-back games for the third time this season
Dec. 13, 2013
GAME TEN: OLD DOMINION (5-4) at PITT (5-4)
Sunday, December 15, 2013 • 2 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Series History: Old Dominion leads, 3-1.
At Pittsburgh: Old Dominion leads 1-0.
At Old Dominion: Series tied, 1-1.
Neutral: Old Dominion leads, 1-0.
Last Meeting: Jan. 2, 2013: Pitt 55, Old Dominion 54
First Meeting: Jan. 10, 1978, Old Dominion 75, Pitt 56
Storylines & Notables:
• Brianna Kiesel needs five points on Sunday to become the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
• Pitt looks to beat Old Dominion for the second time in the 2013 calendar year.
• The Panthers look to end ODU’s three-game winning streak.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team returns home to the Petersen Events Center this Sunday to host Old Dominion University. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
About the Match-Up:
Brianna Kiesel is poised to become the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She enters today’s contest just five points shy of the scoring milestone. Kiesel will be appearing in her 70th career game, making her the seventh fastest player in program history to reach 1,000 if it were to happen on Sunday. She has averaged 14.2 points per game over her first two and a half seasons.
Both teams enter today’s contest with identical 5-4 records. Pitt is coming off a 69-55 road victory at Wagner, while ODU is currently riding a three-game winning streak with victories coming against Boston U., UMass-Lowell and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Panthers look to defeat the Lady Monarchs for the second time in the 2013 calendar year. Pitt topped Old Dominion last season on January 2, 2013 in Norfolk, Va. by the score of 55-54.
Last Time Out:
Brianna Kiesel scored a game-high 19 points and Bubbles Anderson tallied a career-best 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead the Panthers to a 69-55 victory at Wagner. Senior Marquel Davis had her most productive game of the season, chipping in with seven points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
Kiesel scored 11 of her 19 points from the free throw line (11-for-13). She, Anderson and Asia Logan scored 25 of the team’s final 28 points and 32 of the 40 total points Pitt scored in the second half. Wagner was led by Jordyn Peck and Jasmine Nwajei who reached their season averages of 17 and 13 points, respectively.
It was a game of runs that saw Pitt score the first eight points of the contest, followed by Wagner scoring the next seven. The Panthers would then erupt on a 17-0 run which resulted in a 25-7 Pitt advantage.
Despite tying the score at 31, Wagner did not lead at any point during the contest. Pitt outscored the Seahawks 18-8 over the final 5:39 of the game and ultimately won the contest by 14 points, 69-55.
Scouting Old Dominion:
Shae Kelley does everything for the Lady Monarchs. The reigning Conference USA Player of the Week is averaging a double-double on the season with 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. She leads the team in blocks (14), steals (24) and is second in assists (28).
Stephanie Gardner helps Kelley in the scoring department as she is the only other ODU player who averages double-digit scoring. Gardner contributes 11.9 points per game and is the team’s top 3-point shooter.
During their three-game winning streak, the Lady Monarchs have won by an average margin of 21.3 points. ODU is shooting 39.7 percent from the floor as a team this season, but is just 57.4 percent from the free throw line (128-for-223), which ranks second-to-last in C-USA.
Pitt’s 55-54 victory last year in Norfolk was the first for the Panthers in the all-time series as ODU leads 3-1. The two universities first met on January 10, 1978 in Pittsburgh and ODU defeated the Panthers 75-56. The Lady Monarchs won the first three games of the series by an average margin of 28.6 points until last year’s contest when Pitt came out victorious by the slimmest of margins.
Versus Conference USA:
In the ever changing landscape of college athletics, Pitt does not have much of a history with current member of C-USA. Despite have a 16-league conference, Pitt has only played teams from the current league 14 times and holds a 9-5 advantage.
The Panthers have only played Florida International, Marshall and Old Dominion multiple times, while Pitt has not matched up with nine current C-USA schools, including: Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas San-Antonio, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP.
Versus C-USA Schools:
East Carolina: 1-0
Florida Atlantic: 1-0
Florida International: 1-1
Louisiana Tech: N/A
Middle Tennessee: N/A
North Texas: N/A
Old Dominion: 1-3
Southern Miss: N/A
Texas San-Antonio: N/A
After hosting the Lady Monarchs, Pitt will participate in its first tournament of the season at “The Duel in the Desert” in Las Vegas, Nev., hosted by UNLV from Dec. 19-21. While in Vegas, Pitt will play DePaul, Louisiana-Monroe and Washington.
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