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The Pitt men’s basketball team wore masks in a team huddle during its game against Saint Francis University on Nov. 25. Head coach Jeff Capel was gut-wrenchingly honest over the course of the past few months about how difficult this season was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Column | Was this worth it: Reflections from a season covering COVID basketball

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor March 16, 2021
College basketball isn’t a great sport because there is something inherently “good” about a group of 18-to-22-year-olds putting a ball in a metal ring. College basketball is thrilling because of its pageantry and is deeply personal — especially for a student journalist — because you can write about a player dominating national television one night and go to class with them the next morning.
Sophomore guard Dayshanette Harris scored 14 points against North Carolina on Feb. 14. Pitt women’s basketball ended its season with a 5-14 record.

Women’s basketball hopes to build around youth in offseason

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer March 16, 2021
This season was a tale of two schedules for Pitt women’s basketball. The young roster had to contend with COVID-19 and its own inexperience, all of which yielded a 5-14 record, and a 3-12 conference record.
Senior Felix Wolter finished in fourth place in the men’s heptathlon with a final score of 5907 in the NCAA track and field indoor championships this weekend, earning him first team All-American honors.

Men’s heptathlon highlights busy weekend of Pitt sports

By Jason Glancy, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
Track and field’s Felix Wolter and Greg Lauray headlined this weekend of Pitt athletics, each of them earning All-American titles for their performances in the heptathlon and the high jump, respectively. Elsewhere, Pitt baseball took part in multiple slugfests against West Virginia, and Pitt gymnastics split a series against West Virginia.
Pitt gymnastics (6-10-1, 5-7-1 EAGL) won a match against West Virginia (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) on Friday night, beating the Mountaineers by a final score of 195.100-194.675 at the Fitzgerald Field House. However, the team couldn’t maintain momentum and ultimately lost on Sunday by a margin of 196.100-193.400.

Pitt gymnastics celebrates senior night with win over WVU

By Tricia Caucci, For the Pitt News March 15, 2021
After Pitt gymnastics (6-10-1, 5-7-1 EAGL) lost its first match in the three-meet series of the Backyard Brawl, the Panthers came back with a vengeance in match two on Friday night, beating West Virginia (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) by a final score of 195.100-194.675 at the Fitzgerald Field House. But despite their opponent's momentum, the Mountaineers turned out a compelling win on Sunday by a margin of 196.100-193.400.
Sophomore midfielder Veljko Petkovic (19) celebrates after scoring the first and only goal of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Boston College.

Panthers bounce back with 1-0 shutout against Boston College

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer March 14, 2021
The shot-heavy first half of the Pitt men’s soccer match against Boston College (0-2 ACC, 0-2 Overall) featured two high-octane offenses who forced each goalie to work, while the final 45 minutes saw much fewer scoring opportunities.
Pitt fell 45-3 during its game against Notre Dame on Oct. 24.

Column | Panthers must embrace Notre Dame rivalry

By Eddie Lasker, Staff Writer March 12, 2021
Getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, staff writer Eddie Lasker argues Pitt fans must embrace an underappreciated, historic football rivalry with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The New Orleans Pelicans' Steven Adams (12) drives to the net during the second half against the Toronto Raptors' Aron Baynes (46) and Fred VanVleet (23) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, on Dec. 23, 2020.

Panthers in the Pros: 2021 Basketball Edition

By John Riskis, Staff Writer March 12, 2021
From program superstars like Steven Adams to transfer departures like Ryan Luther, find out how former Panthers are performing at the professional level.
Senior center Terrell Brown plays against NC State on Feb. 17.

In four rocky years with sweeping changes, Terrell Brown embraces role in Pitt’s rebuild

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer March 10, 2021
Among it all, Brown has stood as a soft-spoken 6-foot-10 figure among the Pitt men’s basketball program, working quietly to serve as a brick in the foundation laid by the coach who did not recruit him.
Felix Wolter (top) and Greg Lauray will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this weekend. Wolter, a fifth-year, will compete in the heptathlon and Lauray, a senior, will compete in the high jump.

Roommates Felix Wolter, Greg Lauray set high expectations ahead of NCAA Championships

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 10, 2021
When the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships occur this week, two roommates will represent the Panthers on the national stage.
Pitt volleyball’s historic NCAA tournament run came to an end on Monday afternoon, and it happened in possibly the most heartbreaking way imaginable.

Panthers shut down Yellow Jacket firepower in statement sweep, improve to 7-4

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 10, 2021
Pitt (7-4) extended its win streak against Georgia Tech (8-2) to 10 with a 3-0 sweep on Monday, thanks to one of the team’s most impressive defensive performances of the season.
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