Pitt earns another ACC victory on Pink the Pete day
By: Jacque Howell
The Pittsburgh Panthers were down with a little over three minutes left in the game against the Boson College Eagles for Pittsburgh’s eighth annual breast cancer awareness game. 3,921 fans all wearing pink started to get loud as Brianna Kiesel started making crucial shots that gave Pitt the lead. Boston College became rattled by the intensity of the crowd’s cheers for the Panthers and they were never able to come back. Pitt ultimately won, with a final score of 78-70.
“I thought we did a good job of attacking and moving the ball,” head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “Boston College is so dangerous with their shooters, and every time we made a mistake on defense, they capitalized.”
For a good majority of the game, both teams were able to stay close; every time one team went on a small run, the other team would immediately answer.
The largest lead for Boston College was during the first half with 7:59 left in the half. The Eagles had a lead of nine points, with the score of 18-27. However, Pittsburgh was able to come back on a 12-0 run to take over the lead. The Panthers walked into half time with a 39-34 lead.
Coming off the halftime break, Pittsburgh went on a 5-2 run to make the margin of the lead eight points. However, Boston College stayed close behind. Eventually, the Eagles took over the lead with 7:51 left in the game. They kept the lead up until 3:57, where the tides of the game changed.
With Boston College in the lead 67-62, Brianna Kiesel got fouled during a made three-pointer, turning it into a four point play. Boston missed two free-throws during the next possession, which was then followed by a made three-pointer by Monica Wignot from the corner, to give Pittsburgh the advantage 69-67 with 2:56 left in the game.
The Panthers would go on a total 10-0 run, points coming primarily from Brianna Kiesel, to cut the clock down to 0:15 in the game. The Eagles’ Nicole Boudreau was able to make a three-pointer before the end of the game, however Boston was not able to come back.
Overall, Pitt only shot 43.8% (28-for-64) for the game while Boston College actually averaged better than the Panthers, shooting 45.8% (27-for-59). The Eagles also averaged better as a team for three-pointers, averaging 45% (9-for-20) while Pitt only averaged 37.9% (11-for-29). Both teams tied for rebounds having 36 and also tied for assist, a total of 19.
Kiesel contributed the most points, a grand total of 29 and also had eight assists. Wignot and Diop both tied for the second highest amount of points, each adding 18 to the boards. Diop led the team for most rebounds with a total of 11 and Wignot had the second highest of nine.
For Boston College, Kelly Hughes contributed 18 points, the most for the team. Three other players were able to contribute double-digits on the board. Nicole Boudreau scored 15, Karima Gabriel scored 14, and Emilee Daley scored 10. Gabriel had the most rebounds, a total of nine, while Daley and Hughes each had six. Martina Mosetti had the most assists for the team, a total of seven.
The Panthers head on the road to face yet another conference rival, Duke Blue Devils, this Thursday, January 29th. Tip off will be at 7 p.m.