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Panthers Host Rider in Sixth-Annual Hometown vs. Hunger Game




Dec. 14, 2012

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GAME 10: PITT (6-3) vs. RIDER (4-4) 
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 • 1 p.m.
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.

HOMETOWN VS. HUNGER (Food Donation Equals $1 ticket, More Info)
CAMPER'S DAY/YOUTH DAY

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Series History: First Meeting
Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 15.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3 double-doubles
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 12.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.4 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Rider Stat Leaders: 
• Sironda Chambers, Sr., F, 15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .429 3PTFG%
• Myneshia McKenzie, Jr., F, 12.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg
• Caitlin Bopp, Sr., C, 10.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg
Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary’s, 1980); 441-395/29th season overall, 158-131/10th season at Pitt
Rider: Lynn Milligan (Rider, 1997); 42-116. 6th season at Rider.


 

 

Quick Hits
Head coach Agnus Berenato tied former coach Kirk Bruce for the most wins in Pitt program history with the victory over Loyola on Dec. 5.
• Berenato began her collegiate coaching career at Rider. Berenato coached the Broncs from 1981-85.
• Pitt has used two different starting line-ups in its nine games.
• The Panthers have posted two double-digit come-from-behind victories this season.
• Pitt is four wins away from 450 mark in program history.

Giving Back
Today marks the sixth annual Hometown vs. Hunger contest at the Petersen Events Center to fight hunger in Western Pennsylvania. Pitt has partnered again with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and UPMC Health Plan for this special day. Last season’s game brought over 1,500 points of donations.
We thank you for your support!

Scouting Rider
The Broncs are 4-4 on the season, having won three of the past four games. Rider is paced in scoring by Sironda Chambers (15.3 ppg) - one of three players in double figures. MyNeshia McKenzie is averaging 12.9 points per game, while Caitlin Bopp is averaging 10.1 points. Bopp was named the MAAC Player of the Week on Monday after tallying 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks in a steal in a 66-60 win over Army on Dec. 7. The Broncs are averaging 58.8 points a game, while shooting 34.0 percent from the field.

First Meeting, Tie to the Past
Today’s matchup at the Petersen Events Center is the first between Pitt and Rider in women’s basketball play. The Panthers head coach Agnus Berenato began her collegiate coaching career at Rider. Berenato coached the Broncs from 1981-85, compiling a 60-55 overall record which included the program’s best mark in program history (26-7 in 1981-82).

While at Rider, Berenato also coached volleyball – leading the team to a 20-8 mark in 1982 and a 27-10 record in 1983, Rider’s first season in the East Coast Conference and the NCAA. Berenato was inducted into the Rider Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.

Versus the MAAC
Pitt is facing off against a MAAC opponent for the 12th time in program history and the third time this season. The Panthers defeated Siena on Nov. 13 at Fitzgerald Field House and bested Loyola on Dec. 5. Pitt holds a 10-1 record versus the conference with its only loss coming to Siena during the 1996 season.

MAAC Opponent Pitt Record Against
Canisius 1-0
Fairfield 1-0
Iona never met
Loyola 4-0
Manhattan never met
Marist never met
Niagara 2-0
Rider never met
Saint Peter’s never met
Siena 2-1
Totals 10-1

Jersey Roots
Pitt has played three teams from New Jersey in program history, holding a 31-47 record. This will also be the 29th consecutive year Pitt faces off against a New Jersey opponent with Big East foes Rutgers and Seton Hall calling the Garden State home. Pitt sophomore Chyna Golden and head coach Agnus Berenato are each natives of the state (Golden from Neptune and Berenato from Gloucester City, N.J.), while associate head coach Patty Coyle was a standout at Rutgers.

New Jersey Opponent Pitt Record Against
Monmouth 2-0
Rutgers 3-25
Seton Hall 26-22
Totals 31-47|

One Away
With Pitt’s win over Loyola on Dec. 5, Pitt 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.

Compare and Contrast
This year to last year in comparison of the first nine games - Pitt is averaging six more points a game. The 2011-12 squad averaged 59.7 points, while giving up 67.9 points a contest in their first nine (9) games. This year’s team is giving up 58.8 points to their opponents and averaging 65.9 points.

Pitt had 173 free throw attempts last season through its first nine games and this year has been to the stripe 163 attempts. However, Brianna Kiesel had 51 of those attempts in 2011-12 and has been to the stripe just 26 times this season over the same span. Kiesel has, however, been to the FT line 19 times in past four games - went a combined seven in first five games. Asia Logan had 15 free throw attempts last year (and of course a lot less time on the court, 14.2 minutes compared to 29.3 this season) and has been the stripe a team-high 54 times already this campaign.

Free Throw Success
The Panthers were 18-for-19 from the free throw line versus William & Mary on Nov. 11, converting 94.7 percent of their attempts. The showing is the second-best in the Big East this season. Much of that success came from Asia Logan who was 10-of-11 for the game, including 4-for-4 in the final 25 seconds. As a team, Pitt is shooting 70.6 percent from the charity stripe - ranked seventh in the Big East. Five players are shooting at a 75 percent or better clip with one of those five ranked in the Big East. Brianna Kiesel is 21-of-26, a 80.8 percent clip and seventh among league leaders.

Two Halves to Play
The second half has been the most successful period for the Panthers in their nine games this season - Pitt is averaging 34.2 points to opponent’s 29.3 (+4.9). In the first 20, Pitt is averaging 31.7 to foe’s 29.4 (+2.2) points. Shots have also fallen more in the second 20 of play- as the Panthers have connected on 41.6 percent (114-of-274) in the second stanza compared to a 38.3 percent clip (110-of-287) in the first.