Dec. 28, 2013
GAME 14: CITY GAME: DUQUESNE (8-4) AT PITT (7-6)
Sunday, December 28, 2013 • 6 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh Pa.
Watch: www.PittsburghPanthers.com (streamed $)
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Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Jen Tuscano
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Series History: Pitt leads, 19-12
at Pitt: Pitt leads, 11-4
At Duquesne: Pitt leads, 7-6
Neutral: Duquesne leads, 2-1
Promotions: Youth Day, Camper Reunion Day, Junior Panthers Day. Autograph session after the game. Discounted group tickets still available.
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team and Duquesne University renew their inner-city rivalry on Sunday evening as the Panthers host the Dukes in the annual City Game. Tip is set for 6 p.m. inside the Petersen Events Center.
Among the many story lines, first year Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio will coach against her former team. McConnell-Serio spent the past six seasons down Forbes Ave at Duquesne and posted an overall record of 124-68.
Prior to tip between Pitt and Duquesne, there will be a special presentation to honor junior guard Brianna Kiesel who reached the 1,000 career points plateau against Old Dominion on December 15th at the Petersen Events Center. Kiesel became the 18th player in program history to surpass the career scoring milestone, and did it with her fifth point against the Lady Monarchs. Kiesel scored 17 of her game-high 20 points in the second half against ODU and led the Panthers back from a four point halftime deficit for a 63-49 victory.
It took Kiesel just 70 games to eclipse 1,000 career points, becoming the 7th fastest player in program to do so. She reached the scoring milestone faster than some of Pitt's all-time greats like WNBA All-Star Shavonte Zellous and standout center Marcedes Walker. Kiesel now has 1,070 career points and is averaging a career-best 16.5 points per game this season.
The Annual City Game:
The Panthers hold a 19-12 advantage in the all-times series with their cross-town rival. They first met on Dec. 6, 1974 with the Panthers posting a 91-32 victory, which is still the largest margin of victory in the series.
The two teams have met every season since the 1983-84 campaign, which is 29 straight years the City Game has taken place. Pitt is 11-4 at home and 7-6 on the road in this series. The Dukes hold a 2-1 advantage at a neutral location. Duquesne has claimed four-consecutive victories, including last year's 70-61 win at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne. Brianna Kiesel and Asia Logan had 17 and 15 points, respectively, in the loss.
Duquesne is a very well balanced offense as four of the team's five starters average double-figures. Senior guard Raegan Moore leads the team in scoring at 18.1 points a game. The Dukes are a very efficient team, shooting 45 percent from the field and average almost 79 points per game.
Recapping The Duel in the Desert:
The Panthers suffered tough losses to DePaul and Washington, and recorded a 15 point victory over ULM. The game against Washington was the most closely contested as the Panthers had a chance down the stretch to take the lead but was unable to convert.
Briggs Sets New Career High vs. DePaul:
Redshirt sophomore Loliya Briggs established a new career-high against the Blue Demons as she scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead the Panthers. Briggs was 3-of-5 from behind the arc and connected on 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also shared a team-high six rebounds with three other players. Besides Briggs, the rest of the team combined to go 13-of-52 from the floor.
Panthers Run Past Louisiana-Monroe:
The Panthers received 61 of their 76 points against ULM from Brianna Kiesel, Asia Logan and Lo Briggs, and sophomore Brittany Gordon contributed a career-high eight assists. Kiesel dropped a season-high 25 points, and Logan recorded her 12th career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The Panthers trailed early, but found momentum behind Gordon who had six of her eight assists in the first half. Pitt would lead by as much as 20 in the first half and they went on to win by a score of 76-61. The Panthers had their second-best shooting performance of the season, connecting on 30-of-62 shots (48.4 percent) and they won the rebounding battle 35-31.
Washington Escapes From Pitt:
The Panthers missed their first 11 shots from the field as Washington raced out to a 20-8 lead in the first half. Pitt battled back and tied the game twice in the second half, but was never able to get over the hump and take the lead. Trailing 71-69 with 1:14 remaining, the Panthers missed a 3-pointer and then Washington scored on its next possession to go up four. Pitt then attempted another 3-pointer on their next possession which was also no good and they then had to foul.
Asia Logan scored a team-high 19 points, while Kiesel had 18 and Fred Potvin chipped in with 11. Washington was led by All-American candidate Jazmine Davis who had 30 points on 8-of-16 shooting.
Against ULM and Washington, the Panthers were 10-for-10 from the free throw line in both games, making it 20-straight made free throws. In those two games, Kiesel was 9-for-9, while Asia Logan was 7-for-7. Pitt has raised its overall FT shooting averaging to 67.8 percent, which is eighth best in the ACC.
The game with Duquesne is Pitt's final nonconference game of the season. The Panthers play their first ever ACC contest on January 2, when they host No. 22 Florida State at the Petersen Events Center at 7 p.m.
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