Dec. 31, 2013
GAME 15: No. 21 FLORIDA STATE (12-1) at PITT (8-6)
Thursday, January 2, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh Pa.
Play-by-Play: Jeff Hathhorn
Color: Jen Tuscano
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Play-by-Play: George Von Benko
Color: Marcus Bowman
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Series History: First Meeting
PITTSBURGH – History will be made on Thursday night when the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team host the 21st-ranked Florida State Seminoles in its first-ever ACC league game. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.
Coming off a 67-57 victory over inner-city rival Duquesne, the Panthers will look to defeat a ranked opponent for the first time since beating No. 14 West Virginia, 60-53, on February 5, 2011.
Kiesel Raising Her Game to a New Level:
Junior guard Brianna Kiesel is currently playing the best basketball of her career. Averaging a career-high 17.2 points per game, the Utica, N.Y., native is one of the most productive producers in the ACC. Her scoring average ranks her 10th in conference, and she also ranks ninth in assists (4.1), 11th in free throw percentage (81.3), 12th in assists/turnover ratio (1.8) and second in minutes (35.3). Kiesel has reached double-figures in 20-consecutive games dating back to last season, including all 14 games this season.
Last Game Out:
Kiesel recorded her third double-double of the season with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Marquel Davis scored 16 second half points to lead the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team past Duquesne University, 67-57, on Sunday evening at the Petersen Events Center.
Kiesel, who was honored for scoring 1,000 career points prior to the game, shot 8-of-16 from the floor and went 11-for-12 at the free throw line. She also added five assists to her stat line. Davis, who was held scoreless in the first half, erupted in the final 20 minutes to score a season-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Pitt (8-6) shot 36.8 percent from the floor (21-of-57) and held the Dukes to just 30 percent shooting (18-of-60). The Panthers collected more rebounds than their opponent for the third-consecutive game, grabbing 47 to Duquesne’s 43. The Panthers’ bench also outscored the Dukes 19-2.
Kiesel carried the offense in the first half, and her steal and layup with 4:04 left in the half gave Pitt its first lead of the contest at 17-16. Kiesel scored 16 first half points, including the final four to end the half as the Panthers took a 26-20 lead into halftime.
Davis scored six early points to open the second half and her and-1 gave Pitt a 34-25 advantage with 15:47 left.
A pair of free throws from Kiesel gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game at 40-29, but Duquesne would score seven of the game’s next points to get within five at 41-36, and Kiesel picked up her fourth foul with 8:09 left and had to go to the bench.
Kiesel did not remain on the bench for long, but it was Davis who continued to produce for the Panthers. After the two teams each scored five points, Davis scored seven of the next nine Pitt points as the Panthers led 53-44 with 3:05 remaining.
The Panthers scored 10 of their final 12 points from the free throw line, and was 10-for-16 from the charity stripe down the stretch. Duquesne got within six with 23 second remaining on a pair free throws from April Robinson, but Pitt salted the game away with free throws from Logan and an uncontested layup for Kiesel, bringing the final score to 67-57.
Scouting Florida State:
The Seminoles have had the same starting lineup for all 13 games this season. Natasha Howard leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest. Two other players, Morgan Jones and Brittany Brown, join Howard in double-figure scoring at 14.5 and 11.2 points per game, respectively.
In FSU’s 76-53 victory over UT-Martin in their last game out, Howard was unstoppable, going 12-of-14 from the floor for 26 points. Jones dropped 17 points and freshman Ivey Slaughter had a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
A key matchup to watch will be FSU’s pressure on the Panthers. The Seminoles force their opponents into a league-high 23 turnovers a game, while Pitt turns the ball over just 13 times a game. However, FSU is also apt to turn the ball over as they average 20.5 turnovers a game, which is the most in the ACC.
Not only is this the first ever ACC game for Pitt, it’s the first meeting between the Panthers and the Seminoles. Pitt has played Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Miami, North Florida and USF from the Sunshine State, but has never shared the court with the Seminoles.
The Panthers will hit the road for their next two contests, starting with Virginia on January 5 in Charlottesville. They will then travel to South Carolina to take on Clemson on January 12.
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