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Devils Power Past Purdue, 64-53
Player by Player
 
Duke Pummels Pitt, 92-43
The Nutshell
Previewing Pittsburgh at Duke
By Rob Clough
December 2, 2011

Panthers Head to Durham for Sunday Matinee


Pittsburgh -- Sunday, December 4th, 2:00 PM, Cameron Indoor Stadium

2011 Pitt Snapshot: 14-17, 5-11 Big East, No Postseason Play

Last Meeting: Duke Mauls Pitt Panthers, 93-55, on November 24, 2010, Petersen Events Center

Current Records: Duke 5-1 , Pitt 4-3

Current Rankings: Duke #7, Pitt unranked

Significant Losses: Pitt lost its top four scorers from a team that was mediocre at best. That includes bomber Taneisha Harrison (15.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg, 32% 3FG), playmaker Jania Sims (12 ppg, 3 rpg, 4 apg), post Chelsea Cole (10 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 bpg) and wing Shayla Scott (9 ppg, 7 rpg, 35% 3FG). A couple of minor role players also departed

Returning Players: The only returning starter is guard Ashlee Anderson, who put up 5 ppg, 3 rpg and shot 34% from three. Guard Marquel Davis did get a trio of starts but averaged just 2 ppg. 6-5 center Leeza Burdgess averaged 2 ppg and 3 rpg in limited minutes. Wing Asia Logan put up 4 ppg and 2 rpg, while forward Kyra Dunn averaged 2 ppg.

The Skinny: : Pitt struggled to compete in the Big East last year and things won't get any better in their last year in the league. Indeed, the home-and-home they had with Duke has been a preview of life in the ACC. Duke certainly made themselves at home last season when they ran Pitt off their own homecourt in a huge blowout. Given Pitt's early struggles this season, I'm not sure there's any reason to suspect it will be any different in Cameron. The Panthers have no upperclassmen of any kind; it's a squad composed entirely of sophs and frosh. Their early struggles have been predictable, as MEAC champ Hampton came in and blew them out by 23 points, Drexel won by 21 points, and High Point got them by 7. Pitt's victories over mid-major teams have been modest at best.

Currently, Davis is leading the team with 15 ppg. Frosh guard Brianna Kiesel is averaging 12 ppg, 3 rpg, 4 apg and 6 turnovers a game. Duke will no doubt pressure her for forty minutes. Anderson is struggling from long range and is averaging just 8 ppg and 4 rpg as a result. Frosh Abby Dowd has been solid with 8 ppg, 3 rpg and 38% shooting from three. Burdgess is now putting up 8 ppg and 8 rpg; Duke will need to lean on her immediately. The other starters have been Dunn (5 ppg, 8 rpg) and frosh forward Chyna Golden (1 ppg, 5 rpg). In some respects, Pitt is a Bizarro version of Duke in that frosh and sophs dominate everything. It's just that there's not the same level of talent. Pitt's done a good job rebounding (+1) but turns the ball over 21 times a game and gives up 62 ppg. This is a contest where Duke needs to focus on every possession and not play to the score. Duke needs to get Burdgess in foul trouble and make sure she doesn't hurt them with her passing. As long as Duke shadows Dowd, Kiesel and Anderson so that they don't get open looks from long range, this should be an easy win.



   
  • Marquel Davis going wild.

 




Devils Power Past Purdue, 64-53
Player by Player
 
Duke Pummels Pitt, 92-43
The Nutshell

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