PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The University of Pittsburgh outscored the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team 23-2 in the game's first four minutes, and the ACC's Panthers came away with an 84-46 win over the Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon in the Petersen Events Center.
Loyola (0-5) could not overcome the first half deficit, despite only being outscored by six points in the second half, 30-24.
Brianna Kiesel led Pitt (4-2) with a game-high 21 points, while three other Panthers scored in double figures: Stasha Carey (15), Monica Wignot (12) and Fred Potvin (12).
Pitt shot an impressive 71-percent from the field in the first half, but only 44.4-percent in the second stanza. The Greyhounds capitalized on the opportunity, hitting three of the team's five treys in the final 20 minutes.
Sophomore Lauren Daugherty opened the second half with a 3-pointer in the first 20 seconds and cut the deficit to less than 30, 54-25. Pitt countered with the same shot, but freshman Bri Betz-White turned around and knocked down her first trey of the contest, 59-30. The second trey for the Greyhounds sparked an 11-4 run that included six paint points, four off of fast break opportunities.
With 13:30 remaining in the second half, Potvin made her third three of the afternoon, connecting on all of her attempts from that distance. Cora McManus scored paint points for the Panthers, but Marshall connected on a trey from the top of the key to make it 71-39, with 11:40 remaining in the matchup.
Loyola scored 14 of its 22 paint points, and it had six steals, in the second half.
Pitt slightly outrebounded the Greyhounds, 39-34.
The Greyhounds return to action on Thursday night to play their longest standing non-conference rival Towson University. Loyola will host the Tigers in its home opener at 7 p.m.