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The Pitt News

Column | Pitt women’s basketball poised to make leap in 2022

Column | Pitt women’s basketball poised to make leap in 2022

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer June 8, 2022
After four seasons at Pitt, head coach Lance White mustered just eight wins in conference play in 2021. After another poor season, fans quickly realized that the Panthers lagged behind the rest of the ACC from a talent perspective.In the form of five newcomers – including three first-years – Pitt underwent a much needed overhaul. 
Pitt junior center Rita Igbokwe (23), left, and sophomore guard Taisha Exanor (3) chase the ball at a Nov. 21, 2021, game against Radford University at the Petersen Events Center.

Women’s basketball, White need to make strong starts sustainable

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2022
Pitt women’s basketball faced a recurring theme throughout its 2022 campaign — an inability to finish — both their games and, ultimately, the season — with the momentum they started with.
South Carolina senior guard Destiny Littleton (11), right, brings the ball up the court against Arkansas at the womens Southeastern Conference tournament on Friday, March 4, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Staff Picks | Women’s basketball national championship

By The Pitt News Staff March 15, 2022
As the women’s NCAA basketball tournament rapidly approaches, The Pitt News sports desk gives its predictions for who will be crowned as national champion.
Pitt senior guard Jayla Everett (20) at Thursday’s game against Boston College at the Petersen Events Center.

Jayla Everett dismissed from Pitt women’s basketball, program announces

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor February 21, 2022
Pitt women’s basketball will be without its leading scorer from the past two seasons as the Panthers wrap up their regular season, as head coach Lance White announced Sunday that the program dismissed senior guard Jayla Everett.
Lance White, Pitt women’s basketball head coach.

Column | Lance White’s substitutions leave Panthers unable to find rhythm

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer February 16, 2022
Pitt women’s basketball has shown tremendous growth throughout the season with its deep roster of capable players, who have made up an exceptional rebounding and defensive basketball team. But the Panthers haven’t been able to break new ground this season, once again finding themselves towards the bottom of the ACC.
Pitt redshirt sophomore forward Cynthia Ezeja (14) tries for a basket at Sunday’s game against Syracuse at the Petersen Events Center.

Panthers surrender late lead in 67-65 loss to Syracuse

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer February 14, 2022
Pitt women’s basketball lost its annual Pink the Pete game Sunday afternoon to Syracuse. After leading by as many as 13 points in the first half, it lost 67-65 to the Orange at the Pete.
Destiny Strother (31) shoots a free throw after being fouled during the Pitt vs. NC State womens basketball game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at the Petersen Events Center.

Panthers’ comeback falls short in 64-54 loss to North Carolina

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer February 11, 2022
The Tarheels came out fast and Pitt had no answer until late in the game. But the Panthers ultimately ran out of time to mount a comeback, losing the game 64-54.
Pitt junior guard Emy Hayford at Thursday night’s game against Duke University at the Petersen Events Center.

‘Have to be a tougher basketball team’: Panthers fall to Blue Devils 54-39

By Brian Sherry, Staff Writer February 4, 2022
The Blue Devils prevailed over the Panthers 54-39 in a low-scoring game with plenty of turnovers. This loss marks the Panther’s fourth loss in their last five games.
Amber Brown (5) shoots a free throw during the Pitt vs. NC State womens basketball game at the Petersen Events Center on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

Panthers fall to short-handed Syracuse on the road, 80-72

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer January 30, 2022
Syracuse didn’t have to go deep into its bench to beat Pitt on Sunday afternoon. The Orange used just six players, but their hot shooting carried them past the Panthers for an 80-72 win at the Carrier Dome.
Pitt junior guard Emy Hayford (4) runs with the ball during Sunday’s game against Notre Dame at the Petersen Events Center.

Panthers’ ranked-opponent struggle continues, fall 77-63 to Notre Dame

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer January 24, 2022
Pitt women’s basketball (10-9, 1-7 ACC) hosted No. 19 Notre Dame (14-4, 5-2 ACC) on Sunday, and lost to the Fighting Irish 77-63. The game was the Panthers’ sixth against a ranked opponent — their fifth in the ACC — and they have lost all six of those games.
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