Brianna Kiesel named ACC Player of the Week

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The women's basketball team has been a bit up and down this year. They also recently got some bad news as 6'11" redshirt freshman center Bubbles Anderson suffered an injury a few games ago and is out for the season. One of the few constants on the team, though, has been junior Brianna Kiesel.

Kiesel had two big games against ACC teams Florida State and Virginia last week and was named as the Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Kiesel averaged 23 points and seven assists against the two teams, helping Pitt to a 1-1 record. She also shot 54% from the field in the two games. The win against Virginia was Pitt's first conference win of any kind in like two years, so there's that.

The guard should have a chance to compete for First Team All-Conference honors. On the season, Kiesel is averaging 17.9 points per game to lead the team is also second on the team in assists (4.5) and rebounds (5.6). In addition, she leads the team at the free throw line making 84% of her attempts there.

Kiesel was a four-star recruit a couple of seasons ago and has easily been Pitt's best player this season. Just a few weeks ago, she became the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points for the women's basketball team.

Pitt is 9-7 on the year and as I wrote recently, they still have work to do. But Suzie McConnell-Serio has the program headed in the right direction and with Kiesel, they have a real weapon as they get their feet wet in conference play.

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