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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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

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

Monica Wignot

Monica Wignot

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Monica Wignot added nine points on Thursday night.

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt past Michigan

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt past Michigan

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

November 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

What a difference a week can make.Behind a strong defensive showing and senior point guard Brianna Kiesel’s offensive performance, the Pitt women’s basketball team defeated the Michigan Wolverines 85-64 in dominating fashion at the Petersen Events Center, improving its record to 2-1 on the season.P...

Stasha Carey

Stasha Carey

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Stasha Carey scored a team-high 17 points along with grabbing 16 rebounds in Pitt's win over Niagara.

Freshman Carey scores 17 as Pitt wins first game of season

Freshman Carey scores 17 as Pitt wins first game of season

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

After a major second-half run by Princeton on Friday, Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio used a full-court press with minutes left in the game, in an attempt to turn things around.She wasted no time using that tactic Monday night, and she had her players press from nearly the start of the game.This p...

Brianna Kiesel

Brianna Kiesel

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel led Pitt with 14 points.

Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

Second-half struggles down Pitt in season opener

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s play in the first half of its season opener against Princeton Friday seemed to follow the trajectory of an entire season.The team started out slowly, and it seemed apparent this was the first competitive game the Panthers had played since early March. Two quick f...

Ready to shoot

Ready to shoot

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Sophomore Fred Potvin squares up for a shot.

TPN predicts Pitt women’s basketball

TPN predicts Pitt women’s basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

November 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Here are some of our staff's predictions for the upcoming Pitt women's basketball season:Dan Sostek, Assistant Sports Editor The program clearly has the right woman for the job in Suzie McConnell-Serio, but the Panthers will continue to rebuild in 2014-2015. With a litany of injuries, most notably red...

Women’s basketball

Women’s basketball

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel is introduced during Spike and Slam Madness.

Panthers face injuries, depth issues entering season

Panthers face injuries, depth issues entering season

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

November 2, 2014


Filed under Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports, Women's Basketball

It was nearly eight months ago when the Pitt women’s basketball team played its last game, a 72-58 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the ACC tournament. Much has changed within the team since the final buzzer that day, and now the Panthers are preparing for a challenging yet exciting season...

Back in business

Back in business

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Monica Wignot working hard with head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio at practice.

After four years away, Wignot returns to basketball

After four years away, Wignot returns to basketball

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Last fall, Suzie McConnell-Serio was browsing Pitt’s athletic website and found an article about the Panthers volleyball team. While reading the article, something caught the then first-year Pitt women’s basketball coach’s eye: a name.“I knew it wasn’t a common name,” McConnell-Serio said. ...

City of Pittsburgh, Pitt host NCAA with hopes of hosting women’s Final Four

City of Pittsburgh, Pitt host NCAA with hopes of hosting women’s Final Four

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team might not make the Final Four next March, but by November, the University and the city of Pittsburgh may have secured a role hosting the prestigious sporting event in the near future.At the David Lawrence Convention Center Wednesday, people from various sectors of ...

Kiesel recounts summer teaching and coaching

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Upon her return to the United States from Vietnam this summer,  Brianna Kiesel came away with a newfound sense of appreciation.“One of my main takeaways was that we should be grateful for everything we have here,” Kiesel said. “They didn’t even have clean water there. We should take every opp...

Women’s Basketball: Recruit ineligible for upcoming season, won’t attend Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Naje Gibson, a talented women’s basketball recruit, will not attend Pitt this year as she is academically ineligible, according to reports by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Karen Price of the Tribune-Review reported last night that Gibson, a 6-foot forward, will attend Florida Stat...

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