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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

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

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 ...

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

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. ...

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

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...

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

Kiesel, team excited for first tournament game Saturday

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 19, 2015

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...

Kiesel, McConnell-Serio help lead turnaround effort

Kiesel, McConnell-Serio help lead turnaround effort

By Logan Hitchock / Staff Writer

March 16, 2015

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...

Panthers earn No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 16, 2015

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

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...

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

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...

Panthers’ ACC trip comes to disappointing halt

Panthers’ ACC trip comes to disappointing halt

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 5, 2015

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...

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