GAME 11: PITT (6-4) vs. MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-4) Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 • 7 p.m. Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Head Coaches: Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary’s, 1980)/441-396/29th season overall/158-132/10th season at Pitt Mount St. Mary's: Bryan Whitten (Kings, 1991): 278-200/18th season overall; 60-97/sixth season at Mount Guest Coach: Susan Stewart
Storylines • This is the final home game of 2012 for the Panthers. • Mount is the second NEC school that Pitt has faced this season (Wagner was other). • Head coach Agnus Berenato tied former coach Kirk Bruce for the most wins in program history (158) in Pitt’s last win on Dec. 5. • Pitt is four wins away from 550 in program history (38th season in 2012-13). • Junior Asia Logan is second in the Big East in double-doubles with four (4). •Pitt and Mount St. Mary's are meeting for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. •The Panthers set a building record two years ago when these teams faced off with 14 steals. •The Panthers have dropped two-straight for the first time this season. With those two losses, have come season-lows in a variety of speciality stats. The fewest paint points have come in past two games (18, 16), as have the fewest bench points and points off turnovers. • After today’s game, the Panthers are on the road for three-straight and four of their next five games. • Pitt has 10 players averaging 11.3 minutes or more this season in its 10 games. Six are logging 16.5 or more led by Brianna Kiesel’s 32.8 minutes a contest.
About the Match-Up Pitt and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the sixth time in program history. The showdown is the sixth in the last seven years. The Panthers hold a 5-0 edge in head-to-head showdowns and are 4-0 at the Petersen Events Center.
The teams last met on Nov. 29, 2011 at the Petersen Events Center with Pitt posting a 58-45 win. Ashlee Anderson had 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds, while Brianna Kiesel pumped in 12 points. The Panthers jumped out to a 12-0 lead to start the game. The Mount made it a ball game in the second half - using a 17-10 tear to cut the deficit to seven, but would get no closer.
Other Memorable Meetings The Panthers recorded 14 steals, setting a Petersen Events Center record, when the squads faced off on Dec. 4, 2010. The 30 points scored by the Mount in that same game were the fewest by a Pitt opponent since Nov. 18, 1981. Pitt has held Mount St. Mary’s to 12 points in a half twice in the previous five meetings.
Scouting Mount St. Mary’s The Mountaineers are 4-4 on the season and have won three games in a row, lastly defeating Seton Hall, 74-64, in South Orange, N.J. Three players scored in double figures led by last year’s leading scorer Sydney Henderson. The redshirt junior guard had 27 points and 10 rebounds (all defensive). Junior forward Jessie Kaufman had 16 points, which included a 4-of-9 performance from behind the arc. Mount shot a season-high 48.9 percent versus the Pirates.
Mount has posted double-digit steals in four games and seven or more swipes in five contests. In addition, the squad - who leads the NEC in free throw percentage (.804) - has shot over 78 percent from the free throw line in seven of eight games.
Henderson is averaging 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds. Kaufman is second in scoring, averaging 10.6 points. The two have combined to drain 34 of the team’s 47 3-pointers. Selina Mann has 29 steals for the Mountaineers - just over 41% of the team’s total 70 steals. The Mount roster features a Pittsburgh native (freshman Jayla Leftwich) and two ties to the Panthers. Sophomore Lindsay Williams attended high school at St. John’s College (HS) in the suburban Maryland area - as did former Pitt guard Taneisha Harrison. Mount junior Rachel Matthews is a Midlothian (HS) graduate - Athletic Trainer Ann Marie Porada is also a Midlothian product.
Versus the NEC Pitt holds a 44-3 record against teams from the Northeast Conference (NEC). The only three losses to current NEC league members have come to state rival Saint Francis. Mount St. Mary’s is the second NEC program that Pitt has faced this season as the Panthers defeated Wagner, 65-39, on Nov. 20.
NEC School record Bryant never met CCSU 1-0 Fairleigh Dickinson never met Long Island never met Monmouth 2-0 Mount St. Mary’s 5-0 Quinnipiac never met Robert Morris 24-0 Sacred Heart 1-0 Saint Francis (PA) 7-3 St. Francis (NY) 1-0 Wagner 3-0 Totals 44-3
Feels Like Home Pitt head coach Agnus (McGlade) Berenato is a 1980 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s and was a three-year starter for the Mountaineers. Playing for former NBA star Fred Carter, Berenato was twice named a captain. She has served on the University’s Board of Trustee’s for eight years and is currently a Trustee Emeritus.
Berenato received the Distinguished Alumni award from the Mount St. Mary’s National Alumni Association and in 1995 was given an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters. Berenato was awarded the Bicentennial Medal of Distinction from the University in 2008.
Have We Met Before? Berenato is facing her former college team for the ninth time in her college career. Prior to Pitt’s meeting with the Mount in 2006, Berenato had not faced her alma mater since the 2000-01 season. Berenato defeated Mount St. Mary’s 102-90 on Nov. 11, 2000 when she was the head coach at Georgia Tech.
Berenato faced Mount St. Mary’s twice as the head coach at Rider University in New Jersey and once during her tenure at Georgia Tech. Rider dropped a 67-37 contest to the Mount in 1983. The next season, Mount St. Mary’s was 72-50 winners over the Broncs in the opening round of the Mount St. Mary’s Tip-off Classic on Nov. 30, 1984.
Dec. 3, 1983 Mount 67, Rider 37 Nov. 30, 1984 Mount 72, Rider 50 Nov. 25, 2000 Ga Tech 102, Mount 90 Nov. 17, 2006 Pitt 77, Mount 55 Nov. 20, 2007 Pitt 82, Mount 31 Dec. 31, 2009 Pitt 57, Mount 47| Dec. 4, 2010 Pitt 66, Mount 30 Nov. 29, 2011 Pitt 58, Mount 45
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.