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Diop announces transfer to Louisville

Diop announces transfer to Louisville

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt redshirt junior forward Yacine Diop announced Monday that she is transferring to Louisville for her final season of eligibility. Once she gets there, she will immediately be eligible to play. With Diop’s departure, the Pitt women’s basketball team loses last year’s leading scorer and rebou...

White About Now: New Women’s Basketball Coach Meets Pitt

White About Now: New Women’s Basketball Coach Meets Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Women's Basketball

When Lance White watched Jeff Capel — the next head coach of Pitt’s men’s basketball team — speak about his late father’s advice to take time and sleep on big decisions, he figured he would follow that advice if he was ever given the same opportunity. Instead, when he was offered the role as ...

Pitt hires Lance White as women’s basketball coach

Pitt hires Lance White as women’s basketball coach

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Florida State associate head coach Lance White has been hired as Pitt’s new head women’s basketball coach, the University announced Wednesday. Lance, who was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association assistant coach of the year in 2017, was hired by Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke ...

Column: Suzie McConnell-Serio needed to go

Column: Suzie McConnell-Serio needed to go

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt Athletics decided to uproot the second basketball program this offseason as it fired women’s coach Suzie McConnell-Serio Thursday. McConnell-Serio spent five years as head coach with the Panthers but didn’t have much success, going 67-87 overall and 22-58 in the ACC. Pitt had a record of 10-20 a...

Pitt fires women’s basketball coach McConnell-Serio

Pitt fires women’s basketball coach McConnell-Serio

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio was fired from the program, Pitt Athletics announced Thursday afternoon. McConnell-Serio is the third head coach to be fired by athletic director Heather Lyke, with former women’s head soccer coach Greg Miller’s dismissal in December 2017...

Season in review: Women’s basketball lacks luster

Season in review: Women’s basketball lacks luster

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

When the final buzzer sounded against Wake Forest on Feb. 28, the Pitt women’s basketball team finished their season on a flat note — a 72-38 blowout loss in the ACC tournament. The lopsided loss was all too common this season. The Panthers finished 10-20 overall and 2-15 in the ACC, earning a 14th pl...

Demon Deacons send Panthers packing in ACC tournament

Demon Deacons send Panthers packing in ACC tournament

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Riding a seven-game losing streak and with one last chance to turn the season around in the ACC tournament, the Pitt women’s basketball team was blown out in Wednesday’s first round by Wake Forest, 72-38. At the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Demon Deacons (15...

No. 4 Cardinals clobber Panthers, 81-49

No. 4 Cardinals clobber Panthers, 81-49

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team dropped its sixth straight — and final — regular season game, 81-49, at No. 4 Louisville Sunday, finishing with a 2-14 ACC record heading into the postseason conference tournament. A day after the men’s basketball team suffered a 29-point loss to the best team ...

Pitt falls to NC State, loses fifth straight

Pitt falls to NC State, loses fifth straight

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team extended its losing streak Thursday night as they were chased down by the No. 21 NC State Wolfpack, 77-66. The Panthers (10-18 overall, 2-13 ACC) failed to capitalize on a strong early start as the Wolfpack (22-6 overall, 11-4 ACC) stymied the Panthers’ offense ...

Syracuse stifles Pitt, 62-53

Syracuse stifles Pitt, 62-53

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team was blown out at the Carrier Dome, 70-52, in its first matchup of the season against rival Syracuse Jan. 21. During Monday night’s home stand, the Panthers played much better but still lost to the Orange, 62-53. The Panthers (10-17 overall, 2-12 ACC) kept the final margin clo...

Miami mauls Pitt, 82-58

Miami mauls Pitt, 82-58

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team kept it close early in the first half of Thursday night’s game against Miami but couldn’t keep up in the second half, losing 82-58. The Panthers (10-16 overall, 2-10 ACC) showed flashes of effective offense in the first quarter, as they shot 47 percent from t...

Eagles sink talons into Panthers, 72-61

Eagles sink talons into Panthers, 72-61

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team slipped back into a losing rut Sunday afternoon after a loss to an evenly matched Boston College, 72-61. In a tight game in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the Panthers (10-15 overall, 2-10 ACC) exchanged the lead with the Eagles (7-18 overall, 2-10 ACC) throughout...

Pitt falls to Florida State, 66-59

Pitt falls to Florida State, 66-59

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

For the second straight Sunday, Pitt women’s basketball took a ranked team down to the wire, but ultimately couldn’t hold on for the victory. The Panthers fell to the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles, 66-59, at the Petersen Events Center. “I’m so proud of the effort our players gave the entire game...

Pitt ends losing streak, beats Clemson, 58-42

Pitt ends losing streak, beats Clemson, 58-42

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a battle of ACC bottom dwellers, the Pitt women’s basketball team ended its four-game losing streak, winning 58-42 against Clemson. The win was the first for the Panthers (10-13 overall, 2-8 ACC) since Jan. 14, when they beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 68-62. The win — the team’s first ...

Photos: Women’s basketball plays Duke at 11th Pink the Pete

Photos: Women’s basketball plays Duke at 11th Pink the Pete

By Thomas Yang | Visual Editor

January 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Visual, Women's Basketball

With more than 2,000 fans in a sea of pink in support of a cure for breast cancer, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell 58-46 to No. 18 Duke in the 11th annual Pink the Peterson game. “It’s fun when you have all those people there. And today it was bigger because it wasn’t just for us,...

Women’s basketball falls to No. 18 Duke, 58-46

Women’s basketball falls to No. 18 Duke, 58-46

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

With more than 2,000 fans in a sea of pink in support of a cure for breast cancer, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell 58-46 to No. 18 Duke in the 11th annual Pink the Peterson game. “It’s fun when you have all those people there. And today it was bigger because it wasn’t just for us, it was...

Pitt celebrates survivors with Pink the Pete

Pitt celebrates survivors with Pink the Pete

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball will play in a tough matchup against No. 18 Duke this Sunday, but unlike a normal game, the focus will be on something much bigger than the sport. The game coincides with Pink the Petersen, an event that focuses on breast cancer awareness by recognizing and honoring survivo...

Pitt unlucky against Irish, 87-53

Pitt unlucky against Irish, 87-53

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team continued its recent streak of blowout losses Thursday night as the Panthers fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 87-53. The Panthers (9-12 overall, 1-7 ACC) came into the game after two losses of more than 15 points against Syracuse and No. 4 Louisville. The No. ...

Syracuse crushes Pitt, 72-50

Syracuse crushes Pitt, 72-50

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

In front of a raucous crowd of 13,000 people at the Carrier Dome, the Pitt’s women’s basketball team lost to Syracuse and missed another chance to get an ACC win on the road. The Panthers (9-11 overall, 1-6 ACC) fell to the Orange (15-5 overall, 3-4 ACC) 70-52, despite keeping the game close e...

Diop shines as Panthers fall to Louisville, 77-51

Diop shines as Panthers fall to Louisville, 77-51

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t capitalize on another strong performance from redshirt junior forward Yacine Diop, falling to the undefeated No. 2 Louisville Cardinals, 77-51 — despite Diop’s 26 points. The Panthers (9-10 overall, 1-5 ACC) had the game as close as seven at a point in t...

Pitt tops Georgia Tech, gets first ACC win of the season

Pitt tops Georgia Tech, gets first ACC win of the season

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt sophomore guard Alayna Gribble scored her last point of the day at the free throw line to give the Pitt women’s basketball team a 68-62 lead with one second left in Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech. Gribble scored a career-high 29 points in Pitt’s 68-62 victory as the Panthers claimed their f...

Pitt falls to Virginia Tech, remain winless in ACC

Pitt falls to Virginia Tech, remain winless in ACC

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team walked off the court with a losing record after falling to Virginia Tech, 89-66, in Thursday night’s road game at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Panthers (8-9 overall, 0-4 ACC) started the game with the first basket, but it didn’t take long for ...

Women’s basketball poised for potential upset

Women’s basketball poised for potential upset

By Alex Lehmbeck | For The Pitt News

January 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team came within one point of North Carolina before a heartbreaking 68-67 defeat on Sunday. Pitt’s most recent loss was its second in a row and fourth of the winter break. The Panthers are now 8-8, going 2-4 during the break. They earned wins against Bucknell and Chic...

Winter recess all but a break for Panthers sports

Winter recess all but a break for Panthers sports

By Grant Burgman and Jordan Mondell | TPN Staff

January 8, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

While most Pitt students were at home relaxing and celebrating the holidays, Pitt swimming and diving, wrestling and men’s and women’s basketball teams were still hard at work. Throughout the break, the Panthers continued to compete on the mat, in the pool and on the court, with mixed result...

UNC beats Pitt in final seconds, 68-67

UNC beats Pitt in final seconds, 68-67

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Sophomore guard Jasmine Whitney was just two foul shots away from giving Pitt the victory against UNC Sunday afternoon, but failed to hit either as Pitt lost, 68-67, and stayed winless in the ACC at 0-3. The Panthers (8-8) led the Tar Heels (11-5) 16-14 in the first quarter, after a 6-0 run at th...

Wake Forest tops Pitt, 58-49

Wake Forest tops Pitt, 58-49

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Yacine Diop hit a three-pointer to bring Pitt within one point of Wake Forest with 2:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. The three gave Diop 26 points on the night, a team high; but they would be the last points both she and Pitt scored as it fell to Wake Forest 58-49 on Thursday night. After a t...

Panthers tear into Cougars, 87-49

Panthers tear into Cougars, 87-49

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 31, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball will be entering the new year fresh off a win after dominating Chicago State Sunday afternoon, 87-49. With the win, the team advances to an overall record of 8-6 before conference play later this week. Junior center Kalista Walters led the winning charge, scoring a ...

Women’s basketball falls to Virginia, 62-50, in ACC opener

Women’s basketball falls to Virginia, 62-50, in ACC opener

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Despite an outstanding three-point shooting performance from first-year guard Pika Rodriguez, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell to Virginia (8-6 overall, 1-0 ACC), 62-50, Thursday night in its first ACC game of the season. Rodriguez made five of her eight three-point shot attempts, but it wasn’t enou...

No timeouts: Balling over break

No timeouts: Balling over break

By Grant Burgman and Dominic Campbell | Staff Writers

December 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports Features, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Being a Division I athlete comes with undeniable perks — official gear, tuition aid and the chance to be on television. But athletes miss out on a lot — including enjoying a full winter break of relaxation and family. “That’s one of the sacrifices you have to make if you want to play Division...

Panthers defeat Seahawks, 74-55

Panthers defeat Seahawks, 74-55

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 9, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball secured an easy win against University of North Carolina Wilmington Saturday afternoon, finally ending its losing streak. The Panthers (6-4) defeated the Seahawks (5-4) 74-55, earning them a win after three consecutive losses, which included two last-second defeats again...

Panthers fall in Backyard Brawl, 73-52

Panthers fall in Backyard Brawl, 73-52

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team traveled to West Virginia Thursday night to rekindle the Backyard Brawl rivalry that had been inactive since 2012. The Panthers were outmatched by their Big 12 opponent, however, and fell to the Mountaineers, 73-52. Pitt (5-4) entered the game riding a two-game losing streak afte...

Pitt falls to Fordham, 58-55, in last-second decision

Pitt falls to Fordham, 58-55, in last-second decision

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In another close game for the Pitt women’s basketball team Sunday afternoon, a game-deciding 3-pointer bounced off the rim and ended in a Fordham win. The Panthers (5-3) fell to the Fordham Rams (4-2) 58-55 in Bronx, New York, which was the second close loss in a row after a 58-57 loss to the Wis...

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pika Rodriguez may have just started playing for the Pitt women’s basketball team, but she comes in with valuable experience that most players don’t have. Before the first-year guard arrived at Pitt, she devoted two years to the Puerto Rican national team. Now, she’s establishing her presence...

Wisconsin badgers Pitt women’s basketball to win 58-57

Wisconsin badgers Pitt women’s basketball to win 58-57

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team had a last-second chance to win its Wednesday night game against Wisconsin, but when the ball ricocheted off the rim as time expired, it was the Badgers who stood victorious. The team entered Wednesday’s game on a three-game winning streak with its previous lo...

Panthers trounce Tigers by double digits, 81-63

Panthers trounce Tigers by double digits, 81-63

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt Women’s basketball team came back after a loss to Duquesne in the City Game last week, trouncing the Towson Tigers by double digits, 81-63.   The Panthers (3-1) took on the Tigers (0-3) at home to earn their best win of the season so far. Unlike previous games — where the team struggled to get an...

Duquesne claims City Game, defeats Pitt 66-53

Duquesne claims City Game, defeats Pitt 66-53

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Duquesne women’s basketball team claimed their fourth straight City Game Thursday night when they defeated Pitt, 66-53, in a back and forth battle. The Panthers (2-1) hosted the night’s Pittsburgh rivalry match against the Dukes (2-1), but there were unable able to claim their third win o...

Panthers pick up win against Cornell, 51-39

Panthers pick up win against Cornell, 51-39

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Petersen Events Center was full of kids from surrounding schools ready to watch an exciting game between the Pitt women’s basketball team and Cornell Monday in the ninth annual School Day game. But they instead watched a low-scoring game the Panthers nearly lost. The Panthers (2-0) etched out a 51-39 win ov...

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 11, 2017


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team battled back from an early deficit to open its season with a 66-58 win against Youngstown Friday night. The Panthers (1-0) and the Penguins (0-1) both had relatively lackluster performances at the Petersen Events Center. Both teams made a little over a third of their...

Crimson Hawks sink talons into Panthers, win 73-68

Crimson Hawks sink talons into Panthers, win 73-68

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

November 5, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

When the Pitt women’s basketball team last faced the Crimson Hawks, the Panthers won the game 72-40. Sunday’s exhibition matchup at the Petersen Events Center was a completely different game. The new team of Panthers fell to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 73-68, after playing in a game where...

Preview: Women’s basketball a work in progress

Preview: Women’s basketball a work in progress

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

With the women’s basketball season approaching, this year’s Panther squad will feature experience and excitement as a squad of returning players and fresh faces prepare to make an impact. “I don’t look at us as being so young anymore because we do have the experience,” head coach Suzie M...

Gallery: Courtside at the Cathedral

Gallery: Courtside at the Cathedral

By Christian Snyder and Sarah Cutshall | TPN Staff

October 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features, Video, Visual, Women's Basketball

Pitt's men's and women's basketball teams opened their 2017-2018 season with Courtside at the Cathedral on Bigelow Blvd. Oct. 13. ...

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt basketball teams are leaving the Pete behind Friday night, but for this spectacle they’re not travelling far. Migrating from upper campus to Bigelow Boulevard, the Panthers will be putting all of their skills on display under the lights outside the Cathedral of Learning. The men’s an...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Pitt women’s basketball signs Kyla Nelson for upcoming season

Pitt women’s basketball signs Kyla Nelson for upcoming season

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

April 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Coming off a month in which player after player has fled Pitt’s basketball programs, the women’s team got a commitment from a premier international player on Monday. The Pitt women’s basketball team announced it signed 5-foot 11 inch combo guard Kyla Nelson for the upcoming season. Nelson is from Wo...

Women’s basketball renews Backyard Brawl

Women’s basketball renews Backyard Brawl

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Backyard Brawl is returning to yet another sport — women’s basketball. Pitt announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that its rivalry with the West Virginia University women’s basketball program will resume Dec. 7, in Morgantown, West Virginia. The rivalry — which has been dormant for fiv...

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Women's Basketball

It started with a harmless announcement March 13. That’s when sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark revealed his intention to transfer from the Pitt men’s basketball team after missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn MCL and meniscus. Clark could have provided some useful depth for the Panthers if health...

Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder Brenna Wise to transfer

Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder Brenna Wise to transfer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Just days after the Pitt men’s basketball team had its third player leave since the end of the season, the women’s basketball team’s star player is heading out the door. School officials announced Friday that sophomore forward Brenna Wise will pursue a transfer from the program. “Brenn...

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Around the time North Carolina guard Jamie Cherry buried her fifth 3-pointer of the game in the first round of the 2017 ACC Tournament, the Pitt women’s basketball team was starting to realize its season was over. The Panthers ended the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 4-12 record...

Brenna Wise earns second-straight All-ACC Academic selection

Brenna Wise earns second-straight All-ACC Academic selection

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In her two years at Pitt, sophomore forward Brenna Wise immediately took over as the women’s basketball team’s best player following star point guard Brianna Kiesel’s graduation. Now, Wise is following Kiesel’s path in the classroom as well as on the court. The Pittsburgh native receiv...

Panthers’ season ends in 72-60 loss vs. UNC at ACC Tournament

Panthers’ season ends in 72-60 loss vs. UNC at ACC Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In last year’s ACC Tournament, North Carolina’s Jamie Cherry tried her best to spoil the Pitt women’s basketball team’s season, but the Panthers prevailed. This time around, the Tar Heels’ sharp-shooting guard single-handedly sent Pitt home. Cherry scored a career-high 32 points in UNC’s 72...

No. 20 Syracuse sinks Pitt on Senior Day, 73-57

No. 20 Syracuse sinks Pitt on Senior Day, 73-57

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Fans packed the Petersen Events Center for the 10th annual “Pink the Petersen” game for breast cancer awareness Sunday, but the support wasn’t enough to get the Panthers a win. The Pitt women’s basketball team (13-16 overall, 4-12 ACC) lost its final regular season game to the No. 20 Syracuse Or...

Pitt women’s basketball team falls at No. 8 Florida State, 79-48

Pitt women’s basketball team falls at No. 8 Florida State, 79-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Once again, Pitt sophomore forward Brenna Wise lit up the scoreboard for the Panthers, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. The Pitt women’s basketball team (13-15 overall, 4-11 ACC) lost its final road game — and its last chance at a winning season — in a 79-48 defeat to the No. 8 Florida ...

A Family Affair: McConnells maintain tradition

A Family Affair: McConnells maintain tradition

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

With her mom and aunt watching from the sidelines in the third quarter of a late November blowout against Slippery Rock University, Pitt sophomore guard Madison Serio drained the first 3-pointer of her college career. Late in the fourth quarter, she buried her second long-range attempt. When she naile...

Panthers swarmed by Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, 71-57

Panthers swarmed by Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, 71-57

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team had a great opportunity Sunday to win its second straight game and move back above .500 with two games left in the regular season. Instead, the Panthers’ chances at a winning season took a serious hit in Atlanta, Georgia. Pitt (13-14 overall, 4-10 ACC) fell to th...

Wise drops career-high 31 on Hokies to lead Panthers to 72-64 win

Wise drops career-high 31 on Hokies to lead Panthers to 72-64 win

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team snapped its six-game losing streak Thursday night, and it might not have happened without sophomore forward Brenna Wise breaking a program record. Wise tallied a career-high 31 points — including 25 in the second half — while shooting a perfect 13-for-13 from the ...

Pitt women fall to the No. 14 Blue Devils, 62-48

Pitt women fall to the No. 14 Blue Devils, 62-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s once-promising season has lost direction and postseason hopes have diminished, as the Panthers seem destined for their sixth losing season in seven years. The Panthers (12-13 overall, 3-9 ACC) fell to another ranked opponent Sunday, losing to the No. 14 Duke...

Pitt women’s basketball team drops fifth straight vs. Clemson, 54-46

Pitt women’s basketball team drops fifth straight vs. Clemson, 54-46

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team continued its trend of playing well in the first half of games and failing to perform in the second half in yet another loss Thursday night. Returning to the Petersen Events Center after a two-game road trip, the Panthers (12-12 overall, 3-8 ACC) fell to the Clemson T...

Panthers fall prey to Deacons, 57-48

Panthers fall prey to Deacons, 57-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Panthers and the Demon Deacons each claimed the lead twice Sunday, but when the Panthers failed to put a stop to the Deacons’ rampant scoring, the game ended with a familiar outcome for the men’s and women’s basketball teams: a Panther loss. The Pitt women’s basketball team (12-11, 3-7 ACC) suffered its...

Pitt women’s basketball slips up at No. 24 Syracuse, 93-65

Pitt women’s basketball slips up at No. 24 Syracuse, 93-65

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Continuing a recurring theme of the 2016-17 season, the Pitt women’s basketball team put up a fight against a ranked opponent Thursday, but couldn’t finish the job. Pitt led Louisville at halftime last Sunday only to give up the first 14 points of the third quarter and fade down the stretch. Th...

Brianna Kiesel signs multi-year contract with WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

Brianna Kiesel signs multi-year contract with WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Former Panthers point guard Brianna Kiesel, one of the most decorated players in Pitt women’s basketball history, is back in the WNBA. Kiesel signed a multi-year contract Thursday with the Atlanta Dream, but the team did not disclose the terms of the agreement. Keisel, who graduated from Pitt i...

Panthers falter late against No. 9 Louisville, lose 63-48

Panthers falter late against No. 9 Louisville, lose 63-48

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News

January 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team has tested some of the best teams in the ACC like Louisville and N.C. State, only to give up the lead toward the end of the game and walk off in defeat. Sunday afternoon, the Panthers once again battled against the best but ultimately came up short. Pitt gave the No. 9 Louis...

No. 18 NC State snaps Pitt’s two-game winning streak, 55-42

No. 18 NC State snaps Pitt’s two-game winning streak, 55-42

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team rode a two-game winning streak into Raleigh, North Carolina, but that momentum came to end Thursday night against the No. 18 North Carolina State Wolfpack. NC State (16-5 overall, 6-2 ACC) used its stingy defense to contain the Panthers’ outside threats in a 55-...

TPN Panthers of the Month: Eben Vorster and Brenna Wise

TPN Panthers of the Month: Eben Vorster and Brenna Wise

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

Eben Vorster First-year swimmer Eben Vorster is a mid-year addition to the Pitt men’s swimming and diving team from Bloemfontein, South Africa. Judging by the immediate impact he’s had with the Panthers, he’s still inside his comfort zone at Trees Pool, as Vorster has taken home multiple indivi...

Panthers riding momentum into Raleigh vs. No. 18 NC State

Panthers riding momentum into Raleigh vs. No. 18 NC State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s showdown with the Virginia Cavaliers Sunday afternoon was set up to be a turning point for the Panthers’ season, win or lose. In a battle of teams with identical 2-3 records in the ACC, the winner would move to 3-3 in conference play and rise to the middle...

Wise, Panthers hold off Hoos, 62-54

Wise, Panthers hold off Hoos, 62-54

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 23, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

At the beginning of the season, pundits and coaches picked the Pitt women’s basketball team to be one of the worst in the ACC. But after Sunday afternoon’s back-and-forth 62-54 win over Virginia at the Petersen Events Center, the team has continued to exceed expectations and is now 3-3 in confer...

Panthers pound Tar Heels at the Pete, 68-48

Panthers pound Tar Heels at the Pete, 68-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

January 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team has owned its series with the conference rival North Carolina Tar Heels since moving to the ACC. Sunday afternoon was no different. Following a pair of road losses against top-ten opponents, the Panthers (11-7 overall, 2-3 ACC) returned home and dominated the Tar H...

Pitt women’s basketball drubbed by No. 6 Notre Dame, 86-54

Pitt women’s basketball drubbed by No. 6 Notre Dame, 86-54

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

For the second game in a row, the Pitt women’s basketball team faced the unenviable task of trying to knock off a top-10 team on the road. Against the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals on Sunday, the Panthers played a mostly competitive game that eventually turned into a 73-52 loss. Facing a tough opponent...

Pitt crushed by No. 8 Louisville, 73-52

Pitt crushed by No. 8 Louisville, 73-52

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

Graduate transfer center Brandi Harvey-Carr continues to excel with the Pitt women’s basketball team, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a lopsided defeat Sunday against the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals. Despite a career-high 25 points from the 6-foot-4 Harvey-Carr, the Panthers (10-6 overall, 1-2 ACC) su...

Panthers pound Eagles for first ACC win, 56-43

Panthers pound Eagles for first ACC win, 56-43

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

January 6, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team has turned to Brenna Wise and Brandi Harvey-Carr for the majority of its offense this season, but a new face emerged Thursday night as the Panthers’ go-to offensive threat — reserve forward Kalista Walters. Wise, a sophomore forward, leads the team with 14.1 points per g...

No. 11 Miami throttles Pitt women’s basketball, 82-50

No. 11 Miami throttles Pitt women’s basketball, 82-50

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s ACC opener against the Miami Hurricanes went a lot like the teams’ last meeting at last year’s ACC tournament — a dominant victory for Miami. The No. 11 Hurricanes (12-2 overall, 1-1 ACC) defeated the Panthers (9-5 overall, 0-1 ACC), 82-50, on Monday ni...

Pitt women’s basketball drops City Game to Duquesne, 63-54

Pitt women’s basketball drops City Game to Duquesne, 63-54

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 30, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After a promising start to the season, the Pitt women’s basketball team wrapped up its nonconference schedule in disappointing fashion in the City Game Thursday night. The Panthers (9-4) suffered a 63-54 loss to the cross-town rival Duquesne Dukes (7-7) at the A.J. Palumbo Center, giving Duquesne...

Wise tallies 25 to carry Panthers past McNeese State, 71-65

Wise tallies 25 to carry Panthers past McNeese State, 71-65

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 20, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The McNeese State Cowgirls gave the Pitt women’s basketball team a stiff test Tuesday night, but the Panthers’ frontcourt duo of Brenna Wise and Brandi Harvey-Carr proved too much for the Cowgirls to handle. Wise, a sophomore forward, followed up her 18-point, 10-rebound effort in Pitt’s 71-46...

Pitt women’s basketball team rolls to 71-46 win over UTEP

Pitt women’s basketball team rolls to 71-46 win over UTEP

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 19, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team recovered from its most lopsided loss of the season with a resounding 25-point win in game one of the Patrick Harrington Tournament in Niceville, Florida. With eight days of rest following a 91-62 defeat against Penn State Dec. 10, Pitt (8-3) made the trip to Florida...

Pitt women’s basketball trounced by Penn State, 91-62

Pitt women’s basketball trounced by Penn State, 91-62

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After suffering a 29-point thumping Saturday afternoon against her alma mater, Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio had one question. “Who thought igniting this rivalry was a good idea?” McConnell-Serio said after the Panthers’ blowout defeat against the Penn State Nitta...

Pitt women’s basketball team batters Bryant, 76-60

Pitt women’s basketball team batters Bryant, 76-60

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team won a decisive 76-60 contest against the Bryant Bulldogs on Tuesday night, scoring a staggering 28 points off turnovers in the game. The Panthers (7-2) defense proved to be too much for the Bulldogs (4-4) as Bryant turned the ball over 25 times during the non-conferenc...

Pitt women’s basketball struggles with fouls in 70-63 loss vs. Charlotte

Pitt women’s basketball struggles with fouls in 70-63 loss vs. Charlotte

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

When two key starters fouled out before the end of the game, the Pitt women’s basketball team’s attempt at a comeback against Charlotte Sunday afternoon fizzled out, ending instead in a 70-63 loss. Uncharacteristically, forward Brenna Wise and center Brandi Harvey-Carr each collected five personal...

Pitt women’s basketball suffers first loss of season vs. Purdue, 67-61

Pitt women’s basketball suffers first loss of season vs. Purdue, 67-61

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team could do nothing to stop Purdue point guard Ashley Morrissette Wednesday night, and it resulted in their first loss of the season. “It wasn’t our best game. We struggled offensively the whole night,” Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “Give Purdue c...

Pitt women’s basketball conquers Cornell, 56-44

Pitt women’s basketball conquers Cornell, 56-44

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team is off to a 6-0 start for the fourth time in school history after another double-digit win on Saturday. Playing with an eight-woman rotation due to a rash of injuries, the Panthers (6-0) managed to defeat the Cornell Big Red (4-2) at the Petersen Events Center Satu...

Pitt women’s basketball romps to 94-48 win vs. Slippery Rock

Pitt women’s basketball romps to 94-48 win vs. Slippery Rock

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 23, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team is dealing with injuries to top playmakers Yacine Diop and Alayna Gribble, but that hasn’t stopped the Panthers from rolling to a 5-0 start. Pitt (5-0) rumbled to a 94-48 victory against Slippery Rock University (3-2) at the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday after...

Pitt women’s basketball mauls Loyola Maryland, 74-44

Pitt women’s basketball mauls Loyola Maryland, 74-44

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team put together its most complete performance of the season Monday night as all five starters reached double digits in points. Pitt, 4-0, cruised to a 74-44 victory over the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds, 2-3, Monday at the Petersen Events Center, led by standout performance...

Pitt women’s basketball rumbles to 59-35 win over Ramblers

Pitt women’s basketball rumbles to 59-35 win over Ramblers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Three games into the 2016-2017 season, the Pitt women’s basketball team continues to find different ways to win. This time, height and strength were the keys for the Panthers (3-0) as 6-foot-4 center Brandi Harvey-Carr and 6-foot forward Brenna Wise led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds api...

Pitt women’s basketball pummels Youngstown State, 63-50

Pitt women’s basketball pummels Youngstown State, 63-50

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After the two youngest players on the Pitt women’s basketball team led the way in the regular season opener, a familiar name emerged at the top of the stat sheet in game two: Brenna Wise. A team-record 9,771 fans spilled out of school buses and into the Petersen Events Center at 11 a.m. Monday ...

Pitt women’s basketball cruises to 89-54 season-opening win

Pitt women’s basketball cruises to 89-54 season-opening win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Many fans and analysts wondered how the Pitt women’s basketball team would deal with the offseason transfers of forward Stasha Carey and guard Fred Potvin. If the Panthers’ regular season opener Saturday vs. Mount St. Mary’s is any indication, recruiting first-year guards Jasmine Whitney and Al...

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though the 2016-2017 basketball seasons are just days away, both Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings and women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio solidified their rosters for next year on Thursday. Stallings officially inked four players to the Panthers’ 2017 recruiting class...

Pitt women’s basketball pummels IUP in exhibition game, 72-40

Pitt women’s basketball pummels IUP in exhibition game, 72-40

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Petersen Events Center hosted the third straight McConnell family reunion on Sunday afternoon, pitting head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio against her brother in the women’s basketball exhibition matchup. For the third year in a row, McConnell-Serio’s Panthers topped her older brother Tom Mc...

Winning Ways: Whitney brings championship pedigree to Panthers

Winning Ways: Whitney brings championship pedigree to Panthers

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | For The Pitt News

October 31, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

At Pitt’s first open practice of the year, first-year point guard Jasmine Whitney controls the Petersen Events Center court with a quiet calmness. She doesn’t frantically shout out a play — rather, she stands at the top of the key and directs her teammates to open spots on the court. She hold...

Pitt Women’s Basketball Season Preview: A Transition Year

Pitt Women’s Basketball Season Preview: A Transition Year

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

It seems like the same refrain year after year, but it holds true again this season — Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio is once again fielding a young team. Out of 12 players on the Panthers’ roster, eight are first- and second-year players, and only two are seniors. Bu...

Pitt’s newest basketball recruits for 2017 class

Pitt’s newest basketball recruits for 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team received a verbal commitment to its recruiting 2017 class on Monday from Angelique Rodriguez, a 6-foot shooting guard from Capital Prep Magnet High School in Hartford, Connecticut, who averaged 16.5 points per game last season. Rodriguez announced her decision on Monday v...

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

By Katie Cassidy / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Welcome Back 2016, Women's Basketball

On Feb. 27, 2016, the undefeated Norwin High School Knights –– led by star junior Alayna Gribble –– trailed the North Allegheny Senior High School Tigers, 49-36, entering the fourth quarter of the WPIAL AAAA championship game at the Petersen Events Center. At 24-0, the reigning WPIAL champion Knights...

McConnell-Serio, Team USA bring home the gold from Chile

McConnell-Serio, Team USA bring home the gold from Chile

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

One week after Pitt volleyball head coach Dan Fisher led the United States to bronze medals at the Pan Am Cup, women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio upped the ante by guiding Team USA to gold. McConnell-Serio and the United States U18 Women’s National Team are coming home from Chile with gold ...

Pitt Twitter reacts to the Pitt Script reveal

Pitt Twitter reacts to the Pitt Script reveal

By Amanda Reed | Social Media Editor

May 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

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Women’s basketball aiming to improve from increased experience

Women’s basketball aiming to improve from increased experience

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

March 15, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball players’ season ended earlier than they might have wanted — but don’t expect them to wallow in the offseason. “Obviously we’re all sad and disappointed that we didn’t have a postseason, but at the same time, we finished with pride and went down fighting,” fresh...

McConnell-Serio named head coach of USA U18 team

McConnell-Serio named head coach of USA U18 team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 8, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s Suzie McConnell-Serio has added another prestigious honor to her already impressive resume on Tuesday, as USA Basketball named her the head coach of the country’s U18 National Team ahead of the 2016 FIBA Americas Championship in Chile this July. “It’s such an incredible honor to be...

Women’s basketball season ends in blowout loss to No. 21 Miami

Women’s basketball season ends in blowout loss to No. 21 Miami

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

One game after Pitt earned its first ACC tournament win by sticking it to the Tar Heels, the No. 21 Miami Hurricanes blew the Panthers away. After a rough second quarter, Pitt fell hard in the second round of the ACC Tournament, losing to the Hurricanes 77-55 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The loss ...

Pitt tops UNC for program’s first ACC tournament victory

Pitt tops UNC for program’s first ACC tournament victory

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Trailing by three, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels had 15.9 seconds to tie the Pitt women’s basketball team to remain alive in the ACC tournament. They used 15.8 of those seconds, and thanks to a clutch make by Jamie Cherry, the No. 12 seeded Panthers had to outplay the No. 13 Tar Heels...

Pitt women’s basketball’s regular season ends in blowout loss at Louisville

Pitt women’s basketball’s regular season ends in blowout loss at Louisville

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / For The Pitt News

February 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Panthers didn’t have trouble getting their paws on the ball Sunday — but they couldn’t convert possessions into points, leading to a gruesome loss against No. 10 Louisville. The Cardinals (24-6, ACC 15-1) clobbered the Pitt women’s basketball team (12-17, ACC 4-12) at the KFC Yum! Cente...

Pitt women’s basketball loses in home finale

Pitt women’s basketball loses in home finale

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 26, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t save its best for last in its final home game of the season. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-11, 7-8 ACC) defeated the Panthers (12-16, 4-11 ACC) 66-60 in the team’s last contest at the Petersen Events Center this year. The loss was the Panthers’ ni...

Panthers in pink fall to Syracuse, 70-56

Panthers in pink fall to Syracuse, 70-56

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Women's Basketball

The Petersen Events Center, even decked out in pink to support the Susan G. Komen foundation, hasn’t yielded a home court advantage for the Pitt women’s basketball team this season. Pitt’s (12-14, 4-10 ACC) downfall on Sunday was consistent turnovers, leading to a defeat for the Panthers to No. 23...

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