PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pittsburgh downed Mount St. Mary's 67-49 in non-conference women's basketball action on Thursday.
Jessie Kaufman (Damascus, Md./Damascus) paced the Mount (4-5) with 11 points and six rebounds. Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) had nine points and Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) chipped in eight points in the loss.
Asia Logan fueled the Panthers (7-4) with 26 points while Brianna Kiesel recorded 23 points in the winning effort.
Pittsburgh made sure that it was not the second Big East program to fall to hands of Mount St. Mary's with a strong start to the game and then pulled away in the second have for its sixth win against the Mountaineers.
Early in the game it was the Logan show after she scored 14 of the Panthers first 26 points to stake Pittsburgh out to a 26-8 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Mount St. Mary's then outscored the Panthers 20-11 to trim the margin to single digits going into the locker room.
Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) started a string of five unanswered points with a pair of jumpers at 10:21 and 9:07 before Mann converted 1 of 2 at the line to trim the margin to 26-13 with 8:40 left in the stanza.
Thanks to four points from Marquel Davis, the Panthers scored seven of the next nine points to grab a 33-15 margin with 4:36 left.
Mount St. Mary's then closed the half on an 11-4 spurt to go into the break trailing 37-28.
Rachel Mathews (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) started the run with two free throws at 4:24 before Mann converted a traditional 3-point play at 3:58 and Brewer nailed a trey at 3:01 to make it a 10-point game at 33-23. After Logan and Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) traded points, Kaufman nailed a triple as time expired to cut the deficit to nine points at the break.
It was Kiesel's turn in the second half to take over the game, recording 15 of her 23 points in the stanza. She posted eight points in an 11-0 run to start the second half to extend the Panthers lead to 48-28 with 17:07 remaining.
The Mountaineers answered with a 15-4 run to cut the margin to 52-43 with 11:10 on the clock. Kaufman was the catalyst in the spurt with eight of her team-high 11 points coming in the stretch, but Mount St. Mary's could get no closer the rest of the way after Pittsburgh closed the game in a 15-6 run.
Freshman and Pittsburgh native Jayla Leftwich (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakdale Academy) made her collegiate debut with 57 seconds left and made a nice move off a screen to score in the lane with 33 seconds left for her first career points.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Dec. 30 at home against American. Game time is 1 p.m.