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Brianna Kiesel signs multi-year contract with WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

Brianna Kiesel signs multi-year contract with WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Former Panthers point guard Brianna Kiesel, one of the most decorated players in Pitt women’s basketball history, is back in the WNBA. Kiesel signed a multi-year contract Thursday with the Atlanta Dream, but the team did not disclose the terms of the agreement. Keisel, who graduated from Pitt i...

Despite slow start, five items becoming clear surrounding Pitt women’s basketball

Despite slow start, five items becoming clear surrounding Pitt women’s basketball

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Before the season began, no one knew how the Pitt women’s basketball team would respond after losing star point guard Brianna Kiesel to the WNBA. After opening its schedule on a four-game win streak, the team has struggled in the last 10 contests, dropping six games, including its first conference...

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

As leaves fall and the air chills, the attention of Pitt fans shifts from the resurgent Panther football team to the promising campaigns of the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hitting the court Nov. 13, for their season openers, the men’s team is prepping its suitcases for a trip to Japan,...

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 8, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt basketball's Midnight Madness event will have Panther fans seeing black and yellow. The University announced Pittsburgh native and Grammy-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa will perform at the event, dubbed #ZooAfterHours, Friday evening. Khalifa joins a guest list that also includes former Duke...

After the final buzzer: Brianna Kiesel looks to WNBA following Pitt career

After the final buzzer: Brianna Kiesel looks to WNBA following Pitt career

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though Brianna Kiesel’s college basketball career has ended, she may not have taken her last shot.After a decompression period following the Pitt women’s basketball team’s 77-67 loss to University of Tennessee on March 23 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the senior met with associa...

Storybook season ends with loss despite herculean performance by Kiesel

Storybook season ends with loss despite herculean performance by Kiesel

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Despite a season in which the team overcame numerous odds, the Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t surmount the challenge of the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers, falling by a score of 77-67 in Nashville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Monday evening.The Panthers, who the official ACC ...

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Even Brianna Kiesel, Pitt women’s basketball’s senior leader and most battle-tested player, will have no experience from which to draw on Saturday in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.The point guard, who never played on an NCAA Tournament team before her final year, has led the team to come-f...

Kiesel fuel: Senior guard’s four-year career culminates in NCAA berth

Kiesel fuel: Senior guard’s four-year career culminates in NCAA berth

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel couldn’t make a shot. She couldn’t even come close.The starting point guard of the Pitt women’s basketball team, who currently ranks fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,893 points, has rarely had this issue of draining baskets over her past four seasons leading t...

Kiesel named to First-Team All-ACC

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 3, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel’s strong performance this season earned her something that no other Pitt women’s or men’s basketball player has ever achieved: making the First-Team All-ACC.The ACC’s Blue Ribbon Panel named Kiesel, who averages 18.5 points per game this season, to the First-Team All-ACC on Tuesda...

Panthers steamrolled by No. 4 Notre Dame despite Kiesel’s 27

Panthers steamrolled by No. 4 Notre Dame despite Kiesel’s 27

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s women’s basketball team could not contend with ferocious onslaught of No. 4 Notre Dame’s offense Thursday evening, falling to the Fighting Irish 87-59 in South Bend, Ind.Even after falling into an early 14-4 deficit, the Panthers (18-10, 8-7 ACC) remained competitive early on in the game, ...

Kiesel one of 15 finalist for Nancy Lieberman Award

Kiesel one of 15 finalist for Nancy Lieberman Award

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Although the  Pitt women’s basketball team still doesn’t know its postseason destination, the team received some good news Monday in the form of an individual accolade.Senior guard Brianna Kiesel has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award. The nomination recognizes her...

Panthers roar back to topple Virginia in OT

Panthers roar back to topple Virginia in OT

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

.Two minutes and fifty-one seconds. That’s how long Pitt women’s basketball led throughout the entirety of the team’s 68-63 contest against the Virginia Cavaliers Thursday evening at the Petersen Events Center. Fortunately for the team, it was the final 2:51 of overtime.After earning their first lea...

Pitt hosts Virginia to continue NCAA tournament push

Pitt hosts Virginia to continue NCAA tournament push

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

February 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a conference as tough as the ACC, some talented teams are bound to fall to the strength of the league. Virginia appears to fit that prognosis, as, despite its talent, it sits at 15-10 and on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament.Today, Virginia (15-10, 5-7 ACC) will host the Pitt (17-8, 7...

Kiesel scores 22 as Panthers roll Demon Deacons

Kiesel scores 22 as Panthers roll Demon Deacons

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball could have let its guard down over its past two games, as it played Virginia Tech on Thursday and Wake Forest on Sunday. But senior guard Brianna Kiesel quelled any notion of that happening on Sunday afternoon, scoring a game-high 22 points as Pitt (17-8, 7-5 ACC) cruised to ...

Kiesel drops 21 as Panthers blow past Hokies

Kiesel drops 21 as Panthers blow past Hokies

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel speedily erased any doubts Thursday night about her ability to perform with a left wrist injury, though she may have extra motivation, as she and her team were playing for head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio’s 150th career win.The senior guard set the tone for Pitt’s, and her individual, night wh...

Pitt stuns highly ranked Tar Heels with 25-point drubbing

Pitt stuns highly ranked Tar Heels with 25-point drubbing

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

January 9, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

One game removed from a narrow loss to a highly ranked Louisville team, the Pitt women’s basketball team was able to play the role of spoiler.The team defeated the eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 84-59 in a monumental win for the program. Brianna Kiesel led the way, scoring 22 points while r...

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt past Michigan

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt past Michigan

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

November 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

What a difference a week can make.Behind a strong defensive showing and senior point guard Brianna Kiesel’s offensive performance, the Pitt women’s basketball team defeated the Michigan Wolverines 85-64 in dominating fashion at the Petersen Events Center, improving its record to 2-1 on the season.P...

Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s play in the first half of its season opener against Princeton Friday seemed to follow the trajectory of an entire season.The team started out slowly, and it seemed apparent this was the first competitive game the Panthers had played since early March. Two quick f...

Kiesel recounts summer teaching and coaching

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Upon her return to the United States from Vietnam this summer,  Brianna Kiesel came away with a newfound sense of appreciation.“One of my main takeaways was that we should be grateful for everything we have here,” Kiesel said. “They didn’t even have clean water there. We should take every opp...

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