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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 25, 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...

Wise beyond her years: Freshman women’s basketball star thriving in hometown

Wise beyond her years: Freshman women’s basketball star thriving in hometown

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

In the same sphere that thousands of golden-clad students have shimmied and shrieked at dangerous decibel levels, a single player and ball graced the hardwood Tuesday morning. An unusually tranquil scene, the sound of her few dribbles and the swish of the net echoed against the Petersen Events Center’s ...

Panthers utilize early run to blow out Tar Heels on road

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Not much has gone right for the Pitt women’s basketball team this season, but everything went right against North Carolina Thursday night. Pitt (12-14, 4-9 ACC) trampled the North Carolina Tar Heels (14-14, 4-9 ACC) in a decisive 76-60 victory in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Thursday. The Panthers...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 15, 2016


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

ANDREW WELLS - Thrower, track and field Wells, a graduate student, has enjoyed a tremendous final campaign as a Panther. For the second time this year, Wells set a school record for throwing distance last weekend, tallying 21.87 meters at the Findlay Elite Open Throwers Competition in Geneva, Ohio....

Panthers outdo the Hokies in Virginia, 58-49

Panthers outdo the Hokies in Virginia, 58-49

By Logan Hitchcock /Staff Writer

February 14, 2016


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

The Pitt women’s basketball team has found a home on the road. The Panthers (11-14, 3-9 ACC), won their third consecutive conference game on the road in Blacksburg, Virginia, Sunday, defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies (15-10, 3-9 ACC) 58-49. After a few minutes of empty possessions to begin the g...

Women’s basketball loses ninth conference game at hands of No. 12 Louisville

Women’s basketball loses ninth conference game at hands of No. 12 Louisville

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team won a battle, but not the war. Despite winning the first quarter, Pitt (10-14, 2-9 ACC) could not hold off the No. 12 Louisville Cardinals (19-6, 11-1 ACC), losing the final three quarters before falling 84-61 at the Petersen Events Center Thursday night. The loss...

Demon Deacons demonize Panther by double digits

Demon Deacons demonize Panther by double digits

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In a battle of two-win conference teams, the Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t outpace Wake Forest. Trying for consecutive wins for the first time since late December, the Panthers (10-13, 2-8 ACC) came up short in their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-11, 3-7 ACC) Thursday at th...

Panthers clutch second road win at Clemson

Panthers clutch second road win at Clemson

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 31, 2016


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

A week after securing its first conference win on the road, the Pitt women’s basketball team doubled its out-of-state success Sunday in South Carolina. Pitt (10-12, 2-7 ACC) scrapped out a tough win against the Clemson Tigers (4-17, 0-8 ACC) 59-56 in Clemson, South Carolina. Pitt brought out a tou...

Pitt falters at home against Duke 70-48

Pitt falters at home against Duke 70-48

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

For every Pitt basket, Duke had an answer — and then some. After breaking a seven-game losing streak on the road in its last game, the Pitt women’s basketball team (9-12, 1-7 ACC) struggled through a tough test with the Duke Blue Devils (16-6, 5-3 ACC) and eventually fell by a score of 70-48. The...

Panthers defeat Virginia 58-55, end eight game skid

Panthers defeat Virginia 58-55, end eight game skid

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Copy Chief

January 24, 2016


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

One month and two days after the team’s last win, Pitt women’s basketball guard Fred Potvin was determined to end an eight-game losing streak. Pitt (9-11, 1-6 ACC) picked up its first conference win and first victory since Dec. 22, on the road Sunday, when it knocked off Virginia 58-55. Potvin carr...

Panthers lose sixth straight ACC game at Boston College

Panthers lose sixth straight ACC game at Boston College

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Conference play has not been kind to the Pitt women’s basketball team. In a battle of winless ACC teams, Pitt (8-11, 0-6 ACC) couldn’t close the door against the Boston College Eagles (13-5, 1-4 ACC) during its game Thursday at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, falling 54-43. From...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Writer

January 20, 2016


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

JAMEL ARTIS- Forward, men’s basketball Despite a tough couple of games for the Pitt men’s basketball team, junior Jamel Artis has remained consistent, averaging a career-high 16.1 points per game. He has scored double figures in eight straight games, including 22 points against Boston College Satur...

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

January 19, 2016


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

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes said he already knows Pitt’s fans and alumni care more than Utah State fans — now he’s asking them to prove it. The former Utah State athletic director spoke to more than 150 Pitt fans and alumni about the Athletic Department’s six strategic goals in Alumni H...

Syracuse stifles Pitt offense in conference loss

Syracuse stifles Pitt offense in conference loss

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 14, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team traveled to Syracuse Thursday, hoping to take home its first conference win of the year, but more sloppy play extended that drought. The Panthers (8-9, 0-4 ACC) fell below the .500 mark after dropping a 71-48 decision at Syracuse (13-4, 3-1 ACC) Thursday night behind...

North Carolina State trumps Pitt in triple OT thriller

North Carolina State trumps Pitt in triple OT thriller

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Despite battling back in regulation and forcing three overtime periods, the Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t end its losing skid against the North Carolina State Wolfpack Sunday. In front of an energetic Petersen Events Center crowd on Family and Friends Day, Pitt (8-8, 0-3 ACC) fought hard...

Poor 3-point shooting dooms Panthers in road ACC loss

Poor 3-point shooting dooms Panthers in road ACC loss

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

It’s difficult to win a basketball game when the opposing team consistently connects from 3-point range, but that trouble magnifies when your own team struggles from deep as well. Suzie McConnell-Serio’s Pitt women’s basketball squad experienced that two-pronged challenge with the long ball in...

Despite slow start, five items becoming clear surrounding Pitt women’s basketball

Despite slow start, five items becoming clear surrounding Pitt women’s basketball

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Before the season began, no one knew how the Pitt women’s basketball team would respond after losing star point guard Brianna Kiesel to the WNBA. After opening its schedule on a four-game win streak, the team has struggled in the last 10 contests, dropping six games, including its first conference...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 8, 2015


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

JAMES ROBINSON — Guard, Men’s basketball Robinson has been a steadying presence for the Panthers in his senior season at Pitt, starring on both ends of the floor. The point guard surged in the City Game against Duquesne University last Friday, totalling 18 points, eight assists and two steals on the e...

Pitt pulls away late to top Holy Cross, 56-50

Pitt pulls away late to top Holy Cross, 56-50

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

December 6, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s women’s basketball team returned home from Michigan to a better end result — but it couldn’t leave its familiar turnover issues behind. After dropping three of their last four games away from home, the Panthers (5-3) snapped a two-game losing streak Sunday when they defeated the Holy Cro...

Career game from Diop not enough as Pitt loses Big Ten/ACC Challenge game

Career game from Diop not enough as Pitt loses Big Ten/ACC Challenge game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Big Ten has not been kind to Suzie McConnell-Serio this week. After two wins against teams in the conference during her first season as Pitt’s women’s basketball coach last year, Michigan became the second straight Big Ten team to hand her Panthers a loss this season, following No. 6 Marylan...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 23, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Women's Basketball

Ejuan Price- Defensive end, football Price had one of the best games for a defensive player in Pitt football history, recording an astounding five sacks Saturday in Pitt’s 45-34 victory over Louisville. The total of five sacks was the highest of any player in the FBS this season, and was one away ...

Stifling defense leads to blowout win for Pitt women’s basketball over Delaware State

Stifling defense leads to blowout win  for Pitt women’s basketball over Delaware State

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

November 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

A stifling Pitt defense never gave Delaware State a chance. After a dominating performance from freshman Kalista Walters against St. Francis, fellow freshmen Kauai Bradley and Brenna Wise joined Walters in leading Pitt women’s basketball to a dominating 77-43 win over the Delaware State Hornets...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Women's Basketball

MIKE CAPRARA- Linebacker, football Caprara had the best game of his Pitt career Saturday in Durham, North Carolina, playing a integral role in Pitt’s 31-13 win over the Duke Blue Devils. Caprara, a graduate of Woodland Hills High School, compiled eight tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a ...

Walters lights up Red Flash in 74-59 road win against St. Francis

Walters lights up Red Flash in 74-59 road win against St. Francis

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Against the St. Francis Red Flash, it was Kalista Walters who shined brightest. The Pitt women’s basketball team never trailed Monday evening, defeating St. Francis 74-59 in Loretto, Pennsylvania, to move to 2-0 on the season. Walters, a freshman, led the Panthers with a game-high 26 points. “Wa...

Panthers of the week: Jordan Whitehead and Brenna Wise

Panthers of the week: Jordan Whitehead and Brenna Wise

By Dan Sostek, Sports Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Women's Basketball

JORDAN WHITEHEAD — Safety, football The freshman defensive back was the bright spot of the Panthers’ 42-30 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, excelling in mulitple facets of the game. On defense, Whitehead led the Panthers in tackles with 11, and recorded 1.5 tackles for loss. Whitehead...

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 4, 2015


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

As leaves fall and the air chills, the attention of Pitt fans shifts from the resurgent Panther football team to the promising campaigns of the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hitting the court Nov. 13, for their season openers, the men’s team is prepping its suitcases for a trip to Japan,...

Calling the shots: McConnell-Serio’s career a string of successes

Calling the shots: McConnell-Serio’s career a string of successes

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 1, 2015


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

Suzie McConnell-Serio was going to play with the boys. Long before the native Pittsburgher was gracing the sidelines of the Petersen Events Center and revitalizing the University of Pittsburgh’s women’s basketball team as its head coach, she was just a fourth grader shooting hoops in a gymnas...

Wignot transitions from women’s hoops player to team graduate assistant

Wignot transitions from women’s hoops player to team graduate assistant

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

November 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

As a Pitt women’s basketball practice comes to a close, four of last year’s starters made their way to center court to huddle with the rest of the team. Only three — Stasha Carey, Aysia Bugg and Yacine Diop — sported the reversible blue and gold jerseys that denote their status as players. The o...

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2015


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

Though he hasn’t appeared in an official contest yet for the Pitt men’s basketball team, Alonzo Nelson-Adoda can check one accomplishment off his season list: make a game-winning shot. With seconds left in Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage event on Sunday, Nelson-Adoda’s side trailed by one point as...

Yacine Diop charged with aggravated assault, other counts

Yacine Diop charged with aggravated assault, other counts

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt sophomore women's basketball player Yacine Diop faces charges after an undisclosed incident on campus last month. Pitt police arrested Diop on Aug. 28. Diop faces three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of disorderly conduct and...

Panthers lose Kiesel, gain experience in pivotal third year under McConnell-Serio

Panthers lose Kiesel, gain experience in pivotal third year under McConnell-Serio

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

At this time last year, the Pitt women’s basketball team was shrouded by a cloud of mystery. Questions about youth, a short bench and an overwhelming lack of experience swirled around a team hoping to trend upward during Suzie McConnell-Serio’s second year at the helm. Enter present day, and the team is looking to build ...

Litany of rule changes in place for upcoming men’s, women’s basketball seasons

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 9, 2015


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

On Monday, the NCAA announced the implementation of significant rule changes in both men’s and women’s basketball. Highlighted below are some of the key developments, as well as the NCAA’s rationale for doing so.MEN’S BASKETBALL30-second shot clockWHAT: In a move that has been in the making for som...

Tulsa Shock select Brianna Kiesel in WNBA draft

Tulsa Shock select Brianna Kiesel in WNBA draft

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

As a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is awarded to the best point guard in women’s college basketball, Brianna Kiesel knows what it feels like to be on top.But with one call, she is going to have to start from the bottom all over again.During Thursday night’s Women’s National Basketball Association Draft, the...

Brianna Kiesel

Brianna Kiesel

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

April 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel was drafted by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA draft.

After the final buzzer: Brianna Kiesel looks to WNBA following Pitt career

After the final buzzer: Brianna Kiesel looks to WNBA following Pitt career

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though Brianna Kiesel’s college basketball career has ended, she may not have taken her last shot.After a decompression period following the Pitt women’s basketball team’s 77-67 loss to University of Tennessee on March 23 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the senior met with associa...

DJ Wignot

DJ Wignot

By Pitt News file photo

March 31, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Monica Wignot is reportedly pursuing a hip-hop career after she graduates.

Wignot to pursue hip-hop career

Wignot to pursue hip-hop career

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

March 31, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Editor's note: This story is satirical. After a successful five-year athletic career in two collegiate sports, what’s a woman to do? The answer is obvious: Start a rap career.Monica Wignot announced that she will pursue a career as a hip-hop recording artist as the encore to her athletic career. T...

Pitt News looks back on women’s basketball predictions

Pitt News looks back on women’s basketball predictions

By The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s women’s basketball team completed a remarkable season when it advanced to the second round of  the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 2 seed Tennessee.Making the tournament was a surprise. Before the season started, voters picked the Panthers to finish last in the ACC after several seasons of ...

Storybook season ends with loss despite herculean performance by Kiesel

Storybook season ends with loss despite herculean performance by Kiesel

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Despite a season in which the team overcame numerous odds, the Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t surmount the challenge of the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers, falling by a score of 77-67 in Nashville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Monday evening.The Panthers, who the official ACC ...

Stasha Carey

Stasha Carey

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

March 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Stasha Carey scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on Saturday.

Moving on: Panthers to face Vols in second round of NCAA Tournament

Moving on: Panthers to face Vols in second round of NCAA Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Despite the attention that senior point guard Brianna Kiesel’s performance commanded all season long, a freshman led the way on Saturday.Forward Stasha Carey scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds — both team highs — to guide her Pitt women’s basketball team to a 51-40 first-round victory over No. ...

Freshman phenom

Freshman phenom

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

March 21, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Stasha Carey led Pitt with 16 points on Saturday.

Carey leads Pitt to first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Chattanooga

Carey leads Pitt to first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Chattanooga

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 21, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Stasha Carey did not lie when she said before Saturday’s NCAA Tournament game that nerves would not play a factor in her performance.“I’m kind of used to being put on a bigger stage, so I’ll shake off the nerves before I get there,” the freshman forward said.Carey played like an experienced...

One last ride

One last ride

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel hopes to end her final season with a bang in her first ever NCAA Tournament berth.

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Even Brianna Kiesel, Pitt women’s basketball’s senior leader and most battle-tested player, will have no experience from which to draw on Saturday in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.The point guard, who never played on an NCAA Tournament team before her final year, has led the team to come-f...

One last shot

One last shot

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel will end her Pitt career as one of the most decorated players in program history.

Kiesel, McConnell-Serio help lead turnaround effort

Kiesel, McConnell-Serio help lead turnaround effort

By Logan Hitchock / Staff Writer

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In less than two calendar years, Suzie McConnell-Serio rerouted Pitt’s women’s basketball program from a downward spiral of losses to the start of a victorious upward climb.I did not see that coming.In November, when I made my prediction about the team’s upcoming season, I was the most optimistic of my p...

Second-year star

Second-year star

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio has led the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in her second year in charge of the team.

Panthers earn No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Only two years and one head coach removed from a season in which it did not win a single conference game, the Pitt women’s basketball team have grabbed a spot in the NCAA Tournament.Pitt (19-11, 9-7 ACC) earned a No. 10 seed in the tournament and will face No. 7 seed Chattanooga (29-3, 14-0 Southern) in the first r...

Kiesel fuel: Senior guard’s four-year career culminates in NCAA berth

Kiesel fuel: Senior guard’s four-year career culminates in NCAA berth

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel couldn’t make a shot. She couldn’t even come close.The starting point guard of the Pitt women’s basketball team, who currently ranks fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,893 points, has rarely had this issue of draining baskets over her past four seasons leading t...

From Senegal to Pittsburgh

From Senegal to Pittsburgh

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Yacine Diop has played in every game this season for Pitt.

Diop finds success on the court at Pitt thousands of miles from home

Diop finds success on the court at Pitt thousands of miles from home

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

It was 4:15 on a Wednesday afternoon in the Petersen Events Center, and the Pitt women’s basketball team was just finishing up a vigorous practice session. The final drill was underway, during which trios of players rotated around a hoop and took turns making free throw shots. One player, Yacine Diop, off...

Gasping for life

Gasping for life

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel and the Panthers hope to get a shot at the NCAA Tournament.

Panthers’ ACC trip comes to disappointing halt

Panthers’ ACC trip comes to disappointing halt

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The clock ticked a little closer to midnight for the Pitt women’s basketball team’s Cinderella season, as the No. 7-seed Panthers fell to the No. 15-seed Virginia Tech Hokies by a final score of 51-45 in the second round of the ACC Tournament.The contest, which took place in Greensboro, N.C., st...

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 5, 2015


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

Several Pitt teams are looking toward this weekend as a chance to catch fire and end some recent disappointing runs.The men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak, the baseball team had a losing record in each of its three weekend series so far and Pitt’s wrestling team ...

Kiesel named to First-Team All-ACC

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 3, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel’s strong performance this season earned her something that no other Pitt women’s or men’s basketball player has ever achieved: making the First-Team All-ACC.The ACC’s Blue Ribbon Panel named Kiesel, who averages 18.5 points per game this season, to the First-Team All-ACC on Tuesda...

Bracket busters

Bracket busters

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photography

March 2, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Suzie McConnell-Serio has the Panthers thinking March Madness one year after a second-to-last finish.

Panthers earn No. 7 seed in ACC tournament

Panthers earn No. 7 seed in ACC tournament

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 2, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

There’s a reason that basketball games aren’t played on paper, and Pitt’s women’s team embodies it.More than four months ago, the Panthers placed last in the official ACC preseason poll. Expectations were miniscule for Pitt in its second year in the ACC. The ranking was not unwarranted. The tea...

Going out strong

Going out strong

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel scored 22 points in Pitt's win on Sunday.

Kiesel leads Pitt in Senior Day win over Clemson

Kiesel leads Pitt in Senior Day win over Clemson

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

March 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Three Panthers took their final shots as college athletes at home on Sunday. But, for much of the game, it seemed as if their final home game would result in a loss.The Pitt women’s basketball team (19-10, 9-7 ACC) sent off seniors Brianna Kiesel, Cora McManus and Monica Wignot with a 61-56 win over the Cle...

Lone provider

Lone provider

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

February 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel scored 27 of Pitt's 59 points in their loss Thursday evening.

Panthers steamrolled by No. 4 Notre Dame despite Kiesel’s 27

Panthers steamrolled by No. 4 Notre Dame despite Kiesel’s 27

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s women’s basketball team could not contend with ferocious onslaught of No. 4 Notre Dame’s offense Thursday evening, falling to the Fighting Irish 87-59 in South Bend, Ind.Even after falling into an early 14-4 deficit, the Panthers (18-10, 8-7 ACC) remained competitive early on in the game, ...

On point

On point

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel is in the top five of several ACC statistical categories, including points, assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Kiesel one of 15 finalist for Nancy Lieberman Award

Kiesel one of 15 finalist for Nancy Lieberman Award

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Although the  Pitt women’s basketball team still doesn’t know its postseason destination, the team received some good news Monday in the form of an individual accolade.Senior guard Brianna Kiesel has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award. The nomination recognizes her...

Monica Wignot

Monica Wignot

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Monica Wignot led Pitt with 14 points in Sunday's loss at Syracuse.

Slow start leads to Pitt loss at No. 25 Syracuse

Slow start leads to Pitt loss at No. 25 Syracuse

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt’s women’s basketball team lost its luck and the lead shortly after halftime in the Carrier Dome.Pitt, which led No. 25 Syracuse by six points at the half, went on to make only five more baskets en route to a 68-54 loss. The poor second-half shooting performance doomed the Panthers (18-9, 8-...

Shocker

Shocker

By Alyson Derrick

February 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel scored 23 points in the Panthers' comeback victory Thursday.

Panthers roar back to topple Virginia in OT

Panthers roar back to topple Virginia in OT

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

.Two minutes and fifty-one seconds. That’s how long Pitt women’s basketball led throughout the entirety of the team’s 68-63 contest against the Virginia Cavaliers Thursday evening at the Petersen Events Center. Fortunately for the team, it was the final 2:51 of overtime.After earning their first lea...

Hot streak

Hot streak

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 18, 2015


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Senior Brianna Kiesel scored 22 points in Sunday's win.

Pitt hosts Virginia to continue NCAA tournament push

Pitt hosts Virginia to continue NCAA tournament push

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

February 18, 2015


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In a conference as tough as the ACC, some talented teams are bound to fall to the strength of the league. Virginia appears to fit that prognosis, as, despite its talent, it sits at 15-10 and on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament.Today, Virginia (15-10, 5-7 ACC) will host the Pitt (17-8, 7...

Brianna Kiesel

Brianna Kiesel

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 15, 2015


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Brianna Kiesel scored 22 points on Sunday.

Kiesel scores 22 as Panthers roll Demon Deacons

Kiesel scores 22 as Panthers roll Demon Deacons

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 15, 2015


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Pitt women’s basketball could have let its guard down over its past two games, as it played Virginia Tech on Thursday and Wake Forest on Sunday. But senior guard Brianna Kiesel quelled any notion of that happening on Sunday afternoon, scoring a game-high 22 points as Pitt (17-8, 7-5 ACC) cruised to ...

Brianna Kiesel

Brianna Kiesel

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 13, 2015


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Brianna Kiesel scored 21 points in Pitt's win on Thursday night.

Kiesel drops 21 as Panthers blow past Hokies

Kiesel drops 21 as Panthers blow past Hokies

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 13, 2015


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Brianna Kiesel speedily erased any doubts Thursday night about her ability to perform with a left wrist injury, though she may have extra motivation, as she and her team were playing for head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio’s 150th career win.The senior guard set the tone for Pitt’s, and her individual, night wh...

Pitt falters late in road loss at No. 8 Louisville

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 8, 2015


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When freshman forward Yacine Diop drew Pitt within two points of No. 8 Louisville with 7:26 remaining in the game, neither she nor the rest of her Pitt women’s basketball team knew they wouldn’t score for another six minutes.After that, the host Cardinals used an extended 10-0 run to close out t...

Road trip

Road trip

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 4, 2015


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Chelsea Welch will try to build on her strong performance last time out.

Panthers start weekend road trip at North Carolina State

Panthers start weekend road trip at North Carolina State

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

February 4, 2015


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Unsurprisingly, Pitt’s women’s basketball team has had more success in the friendly confines of its home court than when facing foes on the road.While Pitt only lost one more game at home than its three defeats on the road , the away games saw the Panthers playing their worst this season. Part of ...

Stepping up

Stepping up

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 1, 2015


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Chelsea Welch scored 12 points off the bench on Sunday.

All about the ‘W’: Welch scores 12 points off bench as Pitt handles Miami

All about the ‘W’: Welch scores 12 points off bench as Pitt handles Miami

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

February 1, 2015


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In its last game, the Pitt women’s basketball team dug itself into a deep hole early, quickly trailing Duke 19-8. Learning from their mistakes, Chelsea Welch and the Panthers came out aggressive this weekend.The team used several scoring runs on Sunday, including one from the start of the game, to ...

Unlucky 13

Unlucky 13

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

January 29, 2015


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Brianna Kiesel led all Pitt scorers with 13 points in the team's loss to Duke.

Poor shooting Pitt’s detriment in 62-45 loss to No. 17 Duke

Poor shooting Pitt’s detriment in 62-45 loss to No. 17 Duke

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 29, 2015


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The Pitt women’s basketball team has battled teams to the final buzzer all season long, often leaving their eventual fate undecided until the final minutes. Thursday night was a different story for the Panthers, who trailed for all but little more than a minute of their game against No. 17 Duke. ...

Tough stretch

Tough stretch

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

January 28, 2015


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Brianna Kiesel and the Panthers have faced a rough streak of ranked opponents over the past few weeks.

Panthers continue ACC gauntlet against No. 17 Duke

Panthers continue ACC gauntlet against No. 17 Duke

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

January 28, 2015


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Out of all the strengths of the Duke women’s basketball team, there’s one thing that sticks out to senior point guard Brianna Kiesel.“Their height,” Kiesel said, with little hesitation.Of the 11 players on Duke’s roster, eight stand 6 feet or taller. Out of those eight, all but one measure at least 6-foot-3 inches.It’...

Kiesel’s 29 points spur Pitt to victory

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

January 24, 2015


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When Pitt needs a bucket or a momentum boost, it’s no secret who it looks to: Brianna Kiesel. With 3:42 left in the game, the team did just that and the senior point guard delivered. Kiesel drew a foul and made the 3-pointer from the wing, converting the free throw to move Pitt within one, 67-66.Th...

Top scorer

Top scorer

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

January 22, 2015


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Monica Wignot led the Panthers with 16 points, her second consecutive game as the team's leading scorer.

Panthers fall at home to rival Orange 68-60

Panthers fall at home to rival Orange 68-60

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 22, 2015


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Having played three out of its last four games against ranked teams, the Pitt women’s basketball team might have been used to facing top-tier competition on Thursday night.But that experience did not help the Panthers against No. 22 Syracuse.After beating Georgia Tech in overtime in their last game, the Pa...

Seminoles drub turnover-prone Panthers 58-43 in Tallahassee

Seminoles drub turnover-prone Panthers 58-43 in Tallahassee

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 15, 2015


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The Pitt women’s basketball was unable to ride the momentum of a historic victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels, falling to the 20th ranked Florida State Seminoles on Thursday evening by a final score of 58-43 in Tallahassee.After Pitt jumped ahead 4-2 with 16:21 remaining in the first half, Florid...

Stiff competition

Stiff competition

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

January 15, 2015


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Stasha Carey has played well against upper-level competition recently.

Panthers face third straight ranked team on Thursday

Panthers face third straight ranked team on Thursday

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

January 15, 2015


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Stasha Carey admitted it. After beating then-No. 8 North Carolina, she and the rest of the Pitt women’s basketball team reveled in the victory in the locker room.“We got in the room and danced a lot,” the freshman forward said. “It’s crazy to be able to beat a ranked team knowing we came in a...

Stiff competition

Stiff competition

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

January 14, 2015


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Stasha Carey has played well so far against upper-level competition.

Pitt faces second straight ranked team at home

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 7, 2015


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The Pitt women’s basketball team made the case in its last game that even a loss can be encouraging for a team.The Panthers (10-4, 0-1 ACC) dropped a close contest to No. 7 Louisville (14-1, 2-0 ACC) 63-57, despite leading for much of the game. Led by senior Brianna Kiesel, who scored 19 points, the team gave a scare to one of the top teams in ...

Point of emphasis

Point of emphasis

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

December 4, 2014


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Brianna Kiesel led all Pitt scorers with 17 points.

Panthers hold on for road victory in Columbus

Panthers hold on for road victory in Columbus

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


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Columbus, Ohio — Standing just inside half court, slightly outside of the Value City Arena block-O logo at midcourt, Brianna Kiesel took one more dribble before looking up at the basket. The senior point guard then released a perfectly on-line shot: swish.The buzzer beater pulled the Pitt women’s...

In the paint

In the paint

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 30, 2014


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Senior Brianna Kiesel (3) scored a game high 21 points against Loyola (Md.)

Kiesel leads Pitt to blowout victory over Loyola (Md.)

Kiesel leads Pitt to blowout victory over Loyola (Md.)

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 30, 2014


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Those who are more excited for the future of Pitt women’s basketball than for its current team roster might have to reconsider, after senior guard Brianna Kiesel again led the Panthers in scoring.Pitt topped 70 points for the fourth time already this season on its way to an easy 84-46 win over Loyola (Md.) on Sunda...

Suzie McConnell-Serio

Suzie McConnell-Serio

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 24, 2014


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The Pitt women's basketball team plays Radford on Wednesday.

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