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GAME 12: PITT (7-4) at BUFFALO BULLS (2-9)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 • 2 p.m.
Alumni Arena • Buffalo, N.Y.
On the Air (Radio): WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano (Listen Live)
On the Air (internet): Webstream Video (Watch Live) via Buffalo website
Live Stats: GameTracker
Social Media: Twitter, @PittWomensHoops; Facebook, Like Pitt Women's Basketball
Live Updates on Twitter during game
Series Info: First Meeting
Pitt Stat Leaders:
• Asia Logan, Jr., F, 16.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4 double-doubles
• Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 13.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg
• Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, G, 8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Buffalo Stat Leaders:
• Rachael Gregory, Fr., F, 12.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, only player to start all 11 games
• Mackenzie Loesing, Fr., G 8.3 ppg, 20 steals
• Christa Baccas, So., F, 6.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg
About the Match-Up
Pitt and Buffalo are meeting for the first time in program history. The programs do have some history. Redshirt junior Abby Dowd began her collegiate career at Buffalo, earning All-MAC Rookie honors in 2010. She started 25 of 30 games she appeared in and finished fourth on the team in scoring, second in assists and third in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage during the 2009-10 season.
New Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack is no stranger to Pitt. Jack previously served as head coach at Indiana. The Panthers recorded a 77-72 overtime win over Indiana last season (Dec. 20, 2011) in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico. Legette-Jack also recruited Pitt point guard Brianna Kiesel heavily during her scholastic career at Utica, N.Y. Legette-Jack played collegiately herself at rival Syracuse.
The Bulls are 2-9 on the season, having won their last outing on Dec. 21 - a 65-51 victory over Niagara. The win snapped a seven-game losing skid. Today’s game marks the fourth-straight home game for Buffalo (1-4 home record). The teams have played two common opponents - Youngstown State and Duquesne.
Forward Rachael Gregory is the only player to have started all 11 games for the Bulls, leading the team in points (12.2 ppg) and is third in rebounds (6.9 rpg). The freshman has collected 39 percent of the team’s total trips to the free throw line.
Cherridy Thorton, a redshirt junior, saw action in her first game last contest out for Buffalo (She was eligible after the fall semester after playing two seasons at Detroit). Thorton played 28 minutes, recording 11 points and eight boards.
The Bulls are 0-8 on the season when trailing at the half and have not won a game in which they have been down with five minutes go go (0-9). When out-rebounded this season, Buffalo has a 1-7 record. Eleven (11) players on the roster have had at least one start this season for the Bulls.
Versus the MAC
Pitt holds a 28-11 record in head-to-head meetings with schools curently in the Mid-American Conference. The Panthers have played a team from the MAC the past seven-straight seasons (going back to 2005-06 and start of a home-and-home with Akron). Last season, Pitt hosted Central Michigan on Nov. 20, 2011 - posting a 77-70 win.
Ball State 1-0
Bowling Green 0-0
Central Michigan 2-0
Eastern Michigan 2-2
Kent State 8-5
Miami (OH) 1-1
Northern Illinois 0-0
Western Michigan 3-0
Sophomore Kristen Sharkey is ranked second in the MAC in free throw percentage, connecting on 84.6 percent of her attempts (same as Pitt’s Brianna Kiesel). Sharkey missed last season with a torn ACL.
Junior guard Margeaux Gupilan is ranked fifth in the MAC in assists, averaging 3.6 per game. She had a season/career high eight assists when the Bulls met up with Duquesne on Nov. 28.
Simply The Best
With a 67-49 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 20, Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato became the program’s all-time winningest coach. She surpassed former coach Kirk Bruce (1985-98, 13 seasons) for the most wins in women’s basketball history at Pitt with her 159th win. Berenato, in her tenth season at Pitt this year, is the second-longest tenured coach behind Bruce.
After playing nine of its first 11 games at home to start the season, Pitt begins three-game road stretch with today’s contest at Buffalo. After its bus trip to upstate NY, the Panthers will fly to Norfolk, Va. to face Old Dominion on Jan. 2 - and then bus to New Jersey to open Big East Conference play at Seton Hall on Jan. 5. In total, the Pitt has four of its next five games on the road. After returning home on Jan. 12 (to host Villanova), the Panthers are at St. John’s on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
The Panthers begin their final season in the Big East on Jan. 5 at Seton Hall. Pitt - who played its first Big East season in 1982-83 - will join the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2013 as an all-sports member.