N.C. State was in a tight battle with Pittsburgh for most of game Thursday night.
Then Pitt senior guard Brianna Kiesel flat took over the game. She scored 24 of her 28 points in the second half, leading the Panthers to a 60-50 ACC women’s basketball victory against the Wolfpack at Reynolds Coliseum.
Yacine Diop added 11 points and 16 rebounds for Pitt (15-7, 5-4), which evened the all-time series at 2-2.
Dominique Wilson had 11 points to lead the Wolfpack (12-10, 3-6).
Pitt shot 36.4 percent to the Wolfpack’s 32.2 and won the rebound battle 41-34. The Panthers were 14-for-14 from the free-throw line, with all but two of the shots from Kiesel.
The Wolfpack led 30-25 at halftime after Len’Nique Brown-Hoskin’s 12-foot jumper at the buzzer.
N.C. State, led by Brown-Hoskin’s seven first-half points, shot 44.8 percent in the half to 36.7 for Pitt and led the rebound battle 19-16. Diop had seven points and 10 rebounds at the break for the Panthers.
There were seven lead changes and two ties before halftime. Pitt’s biggest lead of the half was six points on two occasions, the first on an Aysia Bugg layup with 8 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the period to make it 21-15.
N.C. State finished the half on a 13-2 run, including the final eight points.
Carlee Schuhmacher scored the first five points after the break for the Wolfpack, making it 30-25 on a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 19-minute mark.
Pitt went ahead 43-42 on two Kiesel free throws with eight minutes to go.
N.C. State led 46-45 after a Spencer jumper with 4:16 left before Kiesel put it away.
She scored the rest of the Panthers’ points except for a Diop jumper at 2:08 to make it 51-46.
The Wolfpack’s next game will be at home Sunday at 2 against rival Wake Forest. N.C. State won the previous meeting 78-70 on Jan. 18 in Winston-Salem.
Pitt will host Louisville on Sunday.