USBWA Names Brianna Kiesel National Player of the Week


Kiesel averaged 23 points and seven assists vs. FSU and Virginia

ST. LOUIS (– The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) has named University of Pittsburgh junior guard Brianna Kiesel the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week for her performances last week against No. 21 Florida State and Virginia.

In Pitt’s opening week of conference play, Kiesel shined against the Seminoles and Cavaliers, averaging 23 points and seven assists while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor.

Kiesel scored 20 points and had seven assists in a hard-fought 78-69 loss to nationally ranked FSU, and then led Pitt to its first-ever ACC victory by scoring 26 points and tallying seven assists at Virginia in a 79-75 victory.

The Utica, N.Y., native is the only player in the ACC who ranks in the league’s top 10 in both scoring and assists. Kiesel is averaging 17.9 points per game and dishing out 4.5 assists, which both rank sixth in conference.

Kiesel also ranks seventh in the ACC in free-throw percentage, making 83.9 percent from the line. She has connected on 33 of her last 34 free throw attempts and has made 14 in a row.

She has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games and four of her last five contests. Dating back to last season, Kiesel has reached double-figure scoring in 22 straight games.

Kiesel is the first player in program history to be named the USBWA National Player of the Week.

Pitt will look to win its second consecutive ACC road game this coming weekend when the Panthers travel Clemson on Sunday, January 12. Tip-off with the Tigers is set for 2 p.m.