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Brianna Kiesel's Bio

About Brianna Kiesel

CAREER

2015

Appeared in all 34 games for the Tulsa Shock, starting in 15 of those games…Averaged 5.1 points and 1.9 assists in an average 18.1 minutes of play…Recorded a career-high eight assists in two games…Scored a career-high 28 points against Phoenix on September 13…Scored in double figures in six games…Ranked fourth in steals per game (.8), fifth in free throw percentage (75.5%), and sixth in average minutes played (18.1) among all rookies…Ranked seventh in assists per game (1.9) and eleventh in points per game (5.1) among rookies.

BACKGROUND

COLLEGE
Started all 122 career games at Pitt … First Team All-ACC (2015), WBCA Region 2 All-America Nominee (2015), All-ACC Academic Team (2014, 2015), First player in Pitt history to earn both ACC Player of the Week honors (2014) and the US Basketball Writer’s Association National Player of the Week honors (2014), Big East Academic All-Star (2013) … In terms of school history, she ranks third in free-throw percentage (.795), fifth in total points (1,938), fifth in assists (433) and eighth in steals (198) … First player in program history to collectively accumulate 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists … First in program history to lead the Panthers in scoring and assists in four consecutive seasons … Scored 20 or more points in 42 games and notched a career average of 15.9 points per game … During her senior year (2014-2015), she averaged 18.4 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists … All-ACC Defensive Team and Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist … Scored 20 or more points in 17 games, which ranked second in the ACC … Scored a career-high 32 points in her final game as a Panther … During her junior year (2013-2014), she led the team in points, assists, steals, minutes played and free-throw percentage … Recorded four double-doubles and surpassed 1,000 career points … Lead the ACC in made free throws (151) and free-throw attempts (183) … During her sophomore year (2012-2013), she averaged team bests in points per game (14.9), assists per game (3.0) and minutes per game (36.5) … All-Big East Third Team selection … Among Big East leaders, she finished fourth in minutes played, sixth in free-throw percentage and ninth in scoring … During her freshman year (2011-2012), she became the only freshman in program history to start all 30 games in a season … Named Big East Freshman of the Week in late December … Set a record at Petersen Events Center, which is home to the Pitt Panthers, for free throws made in a game (15) … First freshman to lead the team in scoring since 2005.

PERSONAL
Born on July 8, 1993, in Utica, N.Y. … Daughter of Steve Kiesel and Nikki Hymes-Kiesel … Has one sibling named Ona … Third student-athlete from Thomas R. Proctor High School to play a sport at Pitt … Set records at Proctor High School for scoring (1,723 points), assists (479) and steals (394) … During her senior year (2010-2011), she received the Observer-Dispatch All-Mohawk Valley Player of the Year Award and was named to the New York State Class AA second team … Earned her undergraduate degree in administration of justice and is working on a second degree in communications … ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient (2015) … Female recipient of Pitt’s Blue-Gold Award for outstanding academic achievement and leadership (2015) …During the summer of 2014, she went to Vietnam for a service-learning project where she taught math to middle-school children and coached basketball … Has completed volunteer work for the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh … Has an interest in poetry and cites Maya Angelou and Edgar Allen Poe as her greatest creative influences.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Selected first in the second round (13th overall) by the Tulsa Shock in the 2015 WNBA Draft.

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