Pitt women extend Big East streak of futility
The opponents may change, but the results stay the same for the Pitt women's basketball team.
Losers of 31 consecutive regular-season Big East games, Pitt entered Wednesday's game against Cincinnati with one of its best chances of snapping the skid. But the Panthers never managed a lead, were tied just once and lost, 59-50, at Petersen Events Center.
“(We) shot 34 percent,” coach Agnus Berenato said. “We can't compete with teams. Cincinnati shot 43 (percent). I thought we had really great spurts, then we went through seven-minute periods where we didn't score, and those are daggers.”
Until last week, the Bearcats were the only team in the Big East besides the Panthers still looking for their first conference win. A victory over Marquette on Feb. 13 took care of that, however, and the teams met with a combined 1-22 conference record.
Pitt's last regular-season Big East win came Feb. 15, 2011, against Providence.
Sophomore guard Brianna Kiesel led all scorers with 24 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Junior Marquel Davis had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Pitt had just 13 turnovers, their lowest since turning the ball over 12 times against Marquette on Jan. 19, but Cincinnati scored 21 points off their turnovers and outscored the Panthers' injury-depleted bench, 19-2.
Pitt trailed at halftime, 25-16, but closed to within 27-24. Davis, though, missed a pair of free throws, the Panthers turned over the ball three times and missed their next five shots.
Cincinnati led, 46-28, before the Panthers put up one last fight. Kiesel hit a pair of free throws, then a 3-pointer to make it 48-33 with 4:05 remaining. Kiesel cut the lead to 51-44 with 1:50 left, but Cincinnati went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line down the stretch.
“We played really hard the last two and half minutes. It's just hard when you're already down to come back with only two and half minutes to go,” Kiesel said.
Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith, a high school friend of Davis', was at the game.
Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pitt’s secondary has room for improvement
- Pitt notebook: O-line coach still uncertain who will start at center vs. Iowa
- Youthful Pitt DEs making strides under Pitt assistant coach’s firm approach
- Pitt rallies to defeat Florida International, stay undefeated