Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball

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Pittsburgh Panthers
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University University of Pittsburgh
Head coachLance White (5th season)
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Arena Petersen Events Center
(Capacity: 12,508)
NicknamePanthers
Student section Oakland Zoo
ColorsBlue and gold [1]
   
Uniforms
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Home
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NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2008, 2009
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2007, 2008, 2009, 2015
Conference regular season champions
1984

Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate women's basketball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt", located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pitt women's basketball team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays their home games in the Petersen Events Center. The university first sponsored women's basketball on the varsity level in 1914 and have appeared in five straight national post-season tournaments between 2006 and 2010. The head coach of the Panthers since 2018 was Lance White.

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History

The undefeated 1924-25 Pitt women's varsity basketball team went 10-0 with wins against Cincinnati, at NYU, and at Temple who had never before been defeated on their home floor. 1924-25PittGirlsVarsity 1926Owlp357.jpg
The undefeated 1924–25 Pitt women's varsity basketball team went 10–0 with wins against Cincinnati, at NYU, and at Temple who had never before been defeated on their home floor.
Former head coach of the Pitt women's basketball team, Agnus Berenato Agnus Berenato Camp As Sayliyah Qatar Aug 11, 2009.jpg
Former head coach of the Pitt women's basketball team, Agnus Berenato
Trophy case for Pitt women's basketball as seen in the lobby of the Petersen Events Center in 2008 Womensbbtrophy.jpg
Trophy case for Pitt women's basketball as seen in the lobby of the Petersen Events Center in 2008

Women's intercollegiate varsity basketball at the University of Pittsburgh began during the 1914–1915 [3] season and found early success until 1926–1927 after which it was disbanded in favor of intramural sports programs. Varsity basketball for women was reinstated during the 1970–1971 season. Although participants were awarded varsity letters and competed intercollegiately, the program wasn't taken over by the Athletic Department until the 1974–1975 season. During the 1970s, the team earned several EAIAW regional tournament appearances. Pitt began competing in the Big East Conference in 1982, and the Panthers won the Big East regular season championship in 1984. Pitt appeared in the National Women's Invitational Tournament in 1981 and 1994 as well as the Women's National Invitation Tournament in 2000 and 2006 before earning its first ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2007, where they advanced to the second round before losing to eventual national champion Tennessee. The Panthers then advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2008 and 2009, [4] and made their fifth straight post-season tournament appearance in the WNIT in 2010. On April 12, 2013, Pitt hired Suzie McConnell-Serio to replace Berenato as head coach. [5] Pitt moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) beginning with the 2013–14 season.

Postseason

The home of Pitt women's basketball, the Petersen Events Center, in November 2019 PetersenEventsCenter2019.jpg
The home of Pitt women's basketball, the Petersen Events Center, in November 2019
Pitt hosting West Virginia in the Pink the Petersen edition of the Backyard Brawl on February 19, 2011 PittWomenVsWVU 2-2011.jpg
Pitt hosting West Virginia in the Pink the Petersen edition of the Backyard Brawl on February 19, 2011

NCAA (4): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015
Pitt reached the "Sweet Sixteen" in 2008 and 2009.

NWIT and WNIT (5): 1981, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2010
Pitt was the NWIT Consolation Winner in 1981 (5th Place), won the NWIT Third Place game in 1994, and reached the WNIT "Final Four" in 2006.

EAIAW regional championship tournaments (6): 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

Honors

All Americans

Academic All-Americans

Pam Miklasevich, 1981 College Sports Information Directors of America [6]

Conference honors

Points club

17 total Panther players have achieved the 1,000 points club with three scoring over 2,000 points.

  • Lorri Johnson, 1987–91; 2,312 points, 20.5 PPG
  • Jennifer Bruce, 1981–85; 2,295 points, 20.5 PPG
  • Shavonte Zellous, 2005–09; 2,251 points, 16.9 PPG
  • Debbie Lewis, 1977–82; 1,941 points, 15.4 PPG
  • Mercedes Walker, 2004–08; 1,870 points, 15.0 PPG
  • Jonna Huemrich, 1990–94; 1,807 points, 15.6 PPG
  • Pam Miklasevich, 1979–83; 1,637 points, 16.0 PPG
  • Wanda Randolph, 1976–79; 1,479 points, 19.0 PPG
  • Taneisha Harrison, 2007–2011; 1,372 points, 10.6 PPG
  • Laine Selwyn, 1999–2003; 1,344 points, 12.1 PPG
  • Xenia Stewart, 2005–2009; 1,330 points, 10.1 PPG
  • Latia Howard, 1994–97; 1,155 points, 13.1 PPG
  • Mandy Wittenmyer, 1999–2003; 1,152 points, 12.0 PPG
  • Brooke Stewart, 1999–2003; 1,114 points, 10.0 PPG
  • Connie Hurt, 1987–91; 1,103 points, 10.5 PPG
  • Jania Sims, 2006–2011; 1,097, 10.1 PPG
  • Jennifer Shingler, 1986–90; 1,081 points, 10.0 PPG
  • Yacine Diop, 2014–18; 1,037 points, 11.5 PPG
  • Mallorie Winn*, 2002–2008; 1,028 points, 9.9 PPG

*Winn played at Georgia Tech from 2002 to 2004 prior to transferring to Pitt. She scored 812 of her 1,028 career points at Pitt.
PPG = points per game

Retired jerseys

WNBA

The following former Pitt basketball players have or are currently playing in the WNBA.

Draft

The following players were selected in the WNBA draft.

Year by year results

Pitt's varsity women's basketball program, the only women's varsity sport at the school during that time, was started in the 1914–15 season and continued until 1926–1927 when it was dropped in favor of a program of intramural women's athletics that could provide more opportunities for the co-eds at the university. The varsity women's basketball program was revived for the 1970–71 season and moved under the auspices of the athletic department in 1974–75. Records prior to the 1974–75 are largely incomplete (see notes). [7] [8]

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseasonCoaches' pollAP pollNotes
H. H. Provin (1914–1920)
1914–15H. H. Provin?-1incomplete records, reported all wins but 1 loss [9]
1915–16H. H. Provin7–0 [10]
1916–17H. H. Provin6–0 [11]
1917–18H. H. Provin9–1 [12]
1918–19H. H. Provin8–0not including win over Alumnae [13]
1919–20H. H. Provin8–0one win by forfeit [14]
H. H. Provin:incomplete
A. Lemon Arnold (1920–1921)
1920–21A. Lemon Arnold9–03 game results unknown [15]
A. Lemon Arnold:incomplete
Margaret A. McClenahan (1921–1927)
1921–22Margaret A. McClenahan6–1incomplete records [16]
1922–23Margaret A. McClenahan6–3–1one tie, not including win over Freshman [17]
1923–24Margaret A. McClenahan8–1not including win over Alumnae; [18]
2 wins over Temple found only
in Temple's media guide [19]
1924–25Margaret A. McClenahan9–0not including win over Alumnae [20]
1925–26Margaret A. McClenahan2-?7-game season, incomplete records [19] [21] [22]
1926–27Margaret A. McClenahan4–2not including win over Alumnae [23]
Margaret A. McClenahan:incomplete

No Program
(1927–1970)
Sandra Bullman (1970–1974)
1970–71Sandra Bullman9–2individual game results unknown [24] [25]
1971–72Sandra Bullman4–2 [26]
1972–73Sandra Bullman?-?unknown results [27]
1973–74Sandra Bullman?-?unknown results [28]
Sandra Bullman:incomplete
Jean Condo (1974–1975)
1974–75Jean Condo10–6 [7]
Jean Condo:10–6
Pat Wallace (1975–1977)
1975–76Pat Wallace16–8 EAIAW Regional (3–1, consolation champions) [7]
1976–77Pat Wallace19–8 EAIAW Regional (1–2) [7]
Pat Wallace:35–16
Jean Balthaser (1977–1980)
1977–78Jean Balthaser14–14 EAIAW Regional (1–1) [7]
1978–79Jean Balthaser12–17 EAIAW Regional (0–1) [7]
1979–80Jean Balthaser21–11 EAIAW Regional (0–1) [7]
Jean Balthaser:47–42
Judy Saurer (Big East Conference beginning in 1982–83)(1980–1985)
1980–81Judy Saurer22–7 NWIT Fifth Place
Regionals (0–1)
[7]
1981–82Judy Saurer14–14 [7]
1982–83Judy Saurer17–115–33rd [7]
1983–84Judy Saurer16–126–2T-1st [7]
1984–85Judy Saurer16–1210–6T-4th [7]
Judy Saurer:85–5621–11
Kirk Bruce (Big East Conference)(1985–1998)
1985–86Kirk Bruce11–165–116th [7]
1986–87Kirk Bruce7–211–159th [7]
1987–88Kirk Bruce14–155–117th [7]
1988–89Kirk Bruce11–173–139th [7]
1989–90Kirk Bruce15–146–106th [7]
1990–91Kirk Bruce16–1310–6T-3rd [7]
1991–92Kirk Bruce11–186–127th [7]
1992–93Kirk Bruce15–1210–8T-4th [7]
1993–94Kirk Bruce21–1012–63rd NWIT Third Place [7]
1994–95Kirk Bruce17–1110–8T-4th [7]
1995–96Kirk Bruce6–243–157th (BE 7) [7]
1996–97Kirk Bruce8–223–157th (BE 7) [7]
1997–98Kirk Bruce6–213–157th (BE 7) [7]
Kirk Bruce:158–21477–145
Traci Waites (Big East Conference)(1998–2003)
1998–99Traci Waites8–193–15T-12th [7]
1999–2000Traci Waites16–137–9T-6th WNIT first round [7]
2000–01Traci Waites9–183–13T-12th [7]
2001–02Traci Waites8–193–1313th [7]
2002–03Traci Waites12–164–12T-11th [7]
Traci Waites:53–8520–62
Agnus Berenato (Big East Conference)(2003–2013)
2003–04Agnus Berenato6–202–1413th [7]
2004–05Agnus Berenato13–155–1110th [7]
2005–06Agnus Berenato22–119–7T-6th WNIT semifinals [7]
2006–07Agnus Berenato24–910–6T-5th NCAA round of 32 [7]
2007–08Agnus Berenato24–1110–6T-5th NCAA Sweet Sixteen 16 [7]
2008–09 Agnus Berenato25–812–43rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 1515 [7]
2009–10 Agnus Berenato16–155–11T-12th WNIT first round [7]
2010–11 Agnus Berenato14–175–1112th [7]
2011–12 Agnus Berenato8–210–1616th
2012–13 Agnus Berenato9–210–1615th
Agnus Berenato:161–14858–102
Suzie McConnell-Serio (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2013–2018)
2013–14 Suzie McConnell-Serio11–203–13T-14th
2014–15 Suzie McConnell-Serio20–129–77th NCAA second round
2015–16 Suzie McConnell-Serio13–184–12T-13th
2016–17 Suzie McConnell-Serio13–174–12T-11th
2017–18 Suzie McConnell-Serio10–202–1413th
Suzie McConnell-Serio:67–8722–58
Lance White (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2019–Present)
2018–19 Lance White11–202–1414th
2019–20 Lance White5–261–1715th
2020–21 Lance White5–143–1212th
2021–22 Lance White11–192–16T-14th
Lance White:32–798–59
Total:638–707

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA tournament results

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
2007 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 James Madison
#1 Tennessee
W 71-61
L 68-54
2008 #6First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Wyoming
3 Baylor
#2 Stanford
W 63-58
W 67-59
L 72-53
2009 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Montana
12 Gonzaga
#1 Oklahoma
W 64-35
W 65-60
L 70-59
2015 #10First Round
Second Round
#7 Chattanooga
#2 Tennessee
W 51-40
L 77-67

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