|University||University of Pittsburgh|
|Head coach||Lance White (1st season)|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Arena|| Petersen Events Center |
|Student section||Oakland Zoo|
|Colors||Blue and Gold |
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|2007, 2008, 2009, 2015|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
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.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization which regulates student athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
College athletics encompasses non-professional, collegiate and university-level competitive sports and games.
Women's intercollegiate varsity basketball at the University of Pittsburgh began during the 1914–1915season 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, 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. Pitt moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) beginning with the 2013–14 season.
The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) was founded in 1971 to govern collegiate women's athletics in the United States and to administer national championships. It evolved out of the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. The association was one of the biggest advancements for women's athletics on the collegiate level. Throughout the 1970s, the AIAW grew rapidly in membership and influence, in parallel with the national growth of women's sports following the enactment of Title IX. The AIAW functioned in the equivalent role for college women's programs that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) had been doing for men's programs. Owing to its own success, the AIAW was in a vulnerable position that precipitated conflicts with the NCAA in the early 1980s. Following a one-year overlap in which both organizations staged women's championships, the AIAW discontinued operation, and most member schools continued their women's athletics programs under the governance of the NCAA.
The Big East Conference was a collegiate athletics conference that consisted of as many as 16 universities in the eastern half of the United States from 1979 to 2013. The conference's members participated in 24 NCAA sports. The conference had a history of success at the national level in basketball throughout its history, while its shorter football program, created by inviting one college and four other "associate members" into the conference, resulted in two national championships.
The National Women's Invitational Tournament (NWIT) was a post-season tournament for women's intercollegiate basketball programs that was contested from 1969 to 1996. The original sponsorship information appears to have been lost over the ensuing years. After the NWIT folded in 1996, the concept was resurrected in 1998 by Triple Crown Sports under the same name, but the name was changed the following season to the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
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.
The Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) is a women's national college basketball tournament with a preseason and postseason version played every year. It is operated in a similar fashion to the men's college National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and NIT Season Tip-Off. Unlike the NIT, the women's tournament is not run by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), but is an independent national championship. Triple Crown Sports, a company based in Fort Collins, Colorado that specializes in the promotion of amateur sporting events, created the WNIT in 1994 as a preseason counterpart to the then-current National Women's Invitational Tournament (NWIT). After the NWIT folded in 1996, Triple Crown Sports resurrected the postseason version in 1998 under the NWIT name, but changed the following season to the current name.
EAIAW regional championship tournaments (6): 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association is an association of coaches of women's basketball teams at all levels.
Shavonte Zellous is an American professional basketball guard for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was a standout basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh. Zellous was drafted 11th in the first round of the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Shock.
Pam Miklasevich, 1981 College Sports Information Directors of America
17 total Panther players have achieved the 1,000 points club with three scoring over 2,000 points.
*Winn played at Georgia Tech from 2002–04 prior to transferring to Pitt. She scored 812 of her 1,028 career points at Pitt.
PPG = points per game
The following former Pitt basketball players have or are currently playing in the WNBA.
The following players were selected in the WNBA draft.
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).
|Season||Coach||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll||Notes|
|H. H. Provin(1914–1920)|
|1914–15||H. H. Provin||?-1||—||—||incomplete records, reported all wins but 1 loss|
|1915–16||H. H. Provin||7–0||—||—|
|1916–17||H. H. Provin||6–0||—||—|
|1917–18||H. H. Provin||9–1||—||—|
|1918–19||H. H. Provin||8–0||—||—||not including win over Alumnae|
|1919–20||H. H. Provin||8–0||—||—||one win by forfeit|
|H. H. Provin:||incomplete||–|
|A. Lemon Arnold(1920–1921)|
|1920–21||A. Lemon Arnold||9–0||—||—||3 game results unknown|
|A. Lemon Arnold:||incomplete||–|
|Margaret A. McClenahan(1921–1927)|
|1921–22||Margaret A. McClenahan||6–1||—||—||incomplete records|
|1922–23||Margaret A. McClenahan||6–3–1||—||—||one tie, not including win over Freshman|
|1923–24||Margaret A. McClenahan||8–1||—||—||not including win over Alumnae; |
2 wins over Temple found only
in Temple's media guide
|1924–25||Margaret A. McClenahan||9–0||—||—||not including win over Alumnae|
|1925–26||Margaret A. McClenahan||2-?||—||—||7 game season, incomplete records|
|1926–27||Margaret A. McClenahan||4–2||—||—||not including win over Alumnae|
|Margaret A. McClenahan:||incomplete||–|
|1970–71||Sandra Bullman||9–2||—||—||individual game results unknown|
|1972–73||Sandra Bullman||?-?||—||—||unknown results|
|1973–74||Sandra Bullman||?-?||—||—||unknown results|
|1975–76||Pat Wallace||16–8||—||—||EAIAW Regional (3–1, consolation champions)|
|1976–77||Pat Wallace||19–8||—||—||EAIAW Regional (1–2)|
|1977–78||Jean Balthaser||14–14||—||—||EAIAW Regional (1–1)|
|1978–79||Jean Balthaser||12–17||—||—||EAIAW Regional (0–1)|
|1979–80||Jean Balthaser||21–11||—||—||EAIAW Regional (0–1)|
|Judy Saurer(Big East Conference beginning in 1982–83)(1980–1985)|
|1980–81||Judy Saurer||22–7||—||—|| NWIT Fifth Place |
|Kirk Bruce(Big East Conference)(1985–1998)|
|1993–94||Kirk Bruce||21–10||12–6||3rd||NWIT Third Place|
|1995–96||Kirk Bruce||6–24||3–15||7th (BE 7)|
|1996–97||Kirk Bruce||8–22||3–15||7th (BE 7)|
|1997–98||Kirk Bruce||6–21||3–15||7th (BE 7)|
|Traci Waites(Big East Conference)(1998–2003)|
|1999–2000||Traci Waites||16–13||7–9||T-6th||WNIT First Round|
|Agnus Berenato (Big East Conference)(2003–2013)|
|2005–06||Agnus Berenato||22–11||9–7||T-6th||WNIT Semifinals|
|2006–07||Agnus Berenato||24–9||10–6||T-5th||NCAA Round of 32|
|2007–08||Agnus Berenato||24–11||10–6||T-5th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||16|
|2008–09||Agnus Berenato||25–8||12–4||3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||15||15|
|2009–10||Agnus Berenato||16–15||5–11||T-12th||WNIT First Round|
|Suzie McConnell-Serio (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2013–2018)|
|2014–15||Suzie McConnell-Serio||20–12||9–7||7th||NCAA Second Round|
|Lance White (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2019–Present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
|#9 James Madison|
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