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Women’s basketball beginning to build on program lows

First-year guard Dayshanette Harris was placed on the All-ACC Freshman team. Harris ended up averaging 16.9 points in the seven games she played in after redshirt senior guard Aysia Bugg was injured.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

Pitt women’s basketball’s 2019-20 season was one of the worst in program history. But despite the lows, the Panthers have plenty to build on as they enter an offseason lengthened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Injuries sink Pitt offense at Notre Dame

First-year guard Dayshanette Harris led the Panthers with seven points in the opening period before being elbowed in the face by Irish senior guard Kaitlin Cole midway through the second quarter.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

Pitt women’s basketball entered Sunday’s game against rival Notre Dame hoping to get revenge for its close, early-January loss to the Irish. Despite a strong start, Pitt’s shooting struggles and a key injury handicapped the team on its way to another big defeat, 74-52 in South Bend, Indiana.

Pitt women wilt at No. 5 Louisville, 83-49

With the loss to No. 5 Louisville, the Panthers (3-16 overall, 0-8 ACC) extend their losing streak to 12 games on the season and remain winless in conference play in womens’ basketball.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

January 26, 2020

Pitt dropped its 12th straight game in blowout fashion to No. 5 Louisville on Sunday, 83-49.

Eagles edge Panthers 79-70 in Sunday matinee

Fifth-year guard Aysia Bugg (2) scored 10 of Pitt’s points during the team’s 79-70 loss to Boston College on Sunday.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

January 6, 2020

Pitt women’s basketball once again fell just short in a tight ACC contest, losing to Boston College 79-70 at the Petersen Events Center Sunday afternoon.

Pitt teaches Fairleigh Dickinson a lesson on School Day, 69-60

Amber Brown (5) led Pitt with 11 rebounds while contributing 12 points in a 60-52 loss to Notre Dame.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Pitt didn’t let the thousands of school children who filled the stands as part of the team’s annual School Day down, beating Fairleigh Dickinson behind 17 points from Aysia Bugg.

After several seasons sidelined, Bugg returns to starring role

Redshirt senior guard Aysia Bugg (2) leads Pitt’s offense with an average of 20 points per game.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

Being a student athlete at the Division I level is a tall order for anyone. Add in a myriad of injuries and life-threatening illness, and it becomes an almost impossible challenge — but not for redshirt senior guard Aysia Bugg.

Second-half comeback fuels Panthers’ first win, 81-73, over CCSU

Junior center Cara Judkins (11) made three of three field goals during Pitt’s 81-73 victory over Central Connecticut State on Monday.

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

Pitt women’s basketball won its home opener in dramatic fashion Monday night, coming back from a 19-point deficit in the second half to beat Central Connecticut State.

White welcomes new year in women’s basketball rebuild

Redshirt senior guard Aysia Bugg rushes past Pitt-Johnstown’s Alli McGrath. Bugg is one of only two current players who have seen regular starting minutes in their career.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

Leaves crunch underfoot, temperatures drop and basketballs hit the hardwood — November is finally here, meaning that Pitt women’s basketball will open their second season under head coach Lance White this month. White is charged with the tall task of rebuilding Pitt’s struggling women’s basketball program and has already gotten to work revamping the middling Panthers.

Pitt escapes exhibition with a narrow win

Senior forward Danielle Garven attempts a layup.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

Typically, a preseason exhibition game is an opportunity for more talented teams to tune up for the regular season against a lower-division opponent. But for Pitt women’s basketball, Friday night’s exhibition against Pitt-Johnstown was another story. The Panthers struggled mightily, escaping with a narrow 76-62 win over the Division II Mountain Cats.

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