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Kiesel drops 30 to help Pitt beat St. Francis, Turner’s double-double paces ND past UCLA
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pitt senior Brianna Kiesel has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted upon by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Kiesel scored a career-high 30 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 14-of-16 from the free throw line to lead the Panthers past Saint Francis, 97-59. She also added six rebounds, five assists and a career-high seven steals. Kiesel, who leads the ACC in assists/turnover ratio (3.7), did not commit a turnover for the second-consecutive game, while helping the Panthers tally a season-high 12 steals. The Utica, New York, native has six games this season with 20 or more points and ranks seventh in scoring with 17.7 points per game. The honor is Kiesel’s second of her career as she last collected ACC Player of the Week accolades on Jan. 6.
Turner posted her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and matched a career-best five blocked shots in Notre Dame’s near wire-to-wire 82-67 victory at UCLA on Sunday afternoon. Despite facing a UCLA roster with five players standing taller than 6-foot-3, Turner held her own, collecting more offensive rebounds (nine) than any other player’s total rebound count during the game. The Pearland, Texas, native’s nine offensive rebounds matched her previous career high for total rebounds (nine vs. UMass Lowell on Nov. 14), while her five blocks tied her personal best set in her last outing on Dec. 21 against Saint Joseph’s (Pa.). Turner owns three ACC Freshman of the Week honors this season, the most of any rookie.
Nonconference play wraps up for many ACC teams this week, and league play will get under way on Friday, Jan. 2 with Louisville hosting Georgia Tech for the Cardinals’ first league game as members of the ACC. Florida State will travel to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech will play at Clemson also on Friday.