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Pitt women fall to Georgia Tech in bid for consecutive ACC victories

Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Chelsea Welch handles the ball between Georgia Tech's Aaliyah Whiteside and coach MaChelle Joseph on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Chelsea Welch handles the ball between Georgia Tech's Aaliyah Whiteside and coach MaChelle Joseph on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Asia Logan gets fouled by Georgia Tech's Nariah Taylor during the first half Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Asia Logan gets fouled by Georgia Tech's Nariah Taylor during the first half Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Brianna Kiesel gets denied by Georgia Tech's Nariah Taylor during the first half Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Brianna Kiesel gets denied by Georgia Tech's Nariah Taylor during the first half Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Pitt's Brianna Kiesel struggles with ball control as Georgia Tech's Dawn Maye applies the defense Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pitt's Brianna Kiesel struggles with ball control as Georgia Tech's Dawn Maye applies the defense Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Petersen Events Center.

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Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 9:09 p.m.
 

Hoping to win back-to-back conference games for the first time in three years, the Pitt women's basketball team instead lost 77-66 to Georgia Tech on Monday at Petersen Events Center.

After trailing 43-30 at halftime, the Panthers opened the second half shooting 2 of 8 from the field. With just more than 10 minutes to go, the Yellowjackets held a 60-40 lead, and though the Panthers made it a 10-point game with just over three minutes remaining, that was as close as they got.

In what has been a struggle all year, Pitt (10-12, 2-6 ACC) couldn't find consistency with its offense and shot 32.4 percent from the field and 5 of 20 from 3-point range.

“Sometimes, I feel like a broken record,” coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “It just seems to come down a lot of times to the same thing, and that's just not being efficient enough on the offensive end, knocking down shots and capitalizing on opportunities — from layups to open 3s.”

Georgia Tech (14-8, 4-5 ACC) senior Tyaunna Marshall, the third-leading scorer in the ACC averaging 19.1 points, finished with 23. Freshman Kaela Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore Aailyah Whiteside scored 18 points off the bench for the Yellowjackets, who had lost two in a row.

Marquel Davis led Pitt with 20 points and five assists. Asia Logan had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Brianna Kiesel finished with 11 points.

Brittany Gordon made a 3-pointer to cut Georgia Tech's lead to 62-49 with eight minutes remaining, and Davis scored on a layup to close the lead to 11. Georgia Tech's Roddreka Rogers answered with a layup to end an 0-for-7 drought, and the Yellowjackets maintained their double-figure lead the rest of the way.

The Panthers were looking to build off a 67-65 win over Boston College on Thursday. Kiesel's first career game-winner with 3 seconds left gave the Panthers their first home conference win since Feb. 15, 2011, which also was the last time they won back-to-back conference games.

“I think it's frustrating, obviously, to lose, but in order for us to win, everyone has to contribute,” Davis said. “All of us have to have somewhat of a good game to come out with the ‘W.' ”

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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