2008–09 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball team

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2008-09 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball
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NCAA, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #15
AP #15
2008-09 record 25-8 (12-4 Big East)
Head coach Agnus Berenato
Assistant coach Jeff Williams
Assistant coach Caroline McCombs
Assistant coach Yolette McPhee-McCuin
Home arena Petersen Events Center
Seasons
« 2007-08 2009–10 »

The 2008–09 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I women's basketball season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16". The Panthers were coached by Agnus Berenato. The Panthers are a member of the Big East Conference and played their home games at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Previous season[edit]

The 2007-08 Pitt women's basketball went 24-10, tying a program record number of wins set the previous season. Pitt earned its first ever bid to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament advancing to the second round where it lost to eventual national champion Tennessee. Pitt finished the season ranked #16 in the Coaches' Poll, its highest finish in the polls for the women up until that point. Center Marcedes Walker and Guards Karlyle Lim and Mallorie Winn finish up their eligibility.

Offseason[edit]

  • Agnus Berenato is honored as the Dapper Dan Sportswomen of the Year for 2008-09.[1]
  • Marcedes Walker earns a spot on the WNBA's Houston Comets's roster[2]
  • Pitt hired assistant coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin from the University of Portland to replace departed assistant coach Shea Ralph, who took a position at her alma mater Connecticut.
  • The Pitt women's team took a preseason trip to Europe to play three exhibitions games[3]
  • Shavonte Zellous is named to the State Farm Wade Trophy "Watch List"[4]
  • Seven of the women's team's games are picked up for television, including two appearances on ESPN2[5]
  • Former center Marcedes Walker's jersey is selected to hang in the "Ring of Honor" at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.[6]
  • Shavonte Zellous is named to the preseason All-American teams of Lindy's[7] and the Sporting News.[8]
  • Agnus Berenato's contract is extended to coach the University of Pittsburgh through the 2015-16 season.[9]
  • Shavonte Zellous is a unanimous selection to the pre-season All-Big East team.[10]
  • Shavonte Zellous is named as one of 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award.[11]
  • Shavonte Zellous, alongside DeJuan Blair of the Pitt men's team, appears on one of six covers of the Sports Illustrated College Basketball Preview Issue.[12]

Roster[edit]

Number Name Height Position Class Hometown
22 Chelsea Cole 6-3 Forward Sophomore Lumberton, NJ
10 Taneisha Harrison 6-0 Guard Sophomore Bowie, MD
32 Selena Nwude 6-5 Center Sophomore (RS) Riverdale, MD
24 Sarah Ogoke 5-8 Guard Freshman Sugar Land, TX
50 Kate Popovec 6-3 Center Freshman Canfield, OH
2 Sophronia Sallard 5-10 Guard/Forward Junior (RS) Syracuse, NY
25 Shayla Scott 6-1 Guard Sophomore Monroeville, PA
14 Jania Sims* 5-7 Guard Junior Newark, NJ
33 Xenia Stewart 6-0 Guard Senior Bowie, MD
12 Brittaney Thomas 5-8 Guard Junior (RS) Montgomery, AL
40 Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson 6-6 Center Freshman Pittsburgh, PA
1 Shavonte Zellous 5-10 Guard Senior (RS) Orlando, FL

*Injured during the first regular season game against Texas A&M and was redshirted.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Location Television Result Score Record (Conference)
Exhibition
11/05/08 vs. Ohio Legends Petersen Events Center W 73-58
11/11/08 Premier Players Petersen Events Center W 76-65
Regular Season
11/16/08 vs. Texas A&M Baton Rouge, La.
State Farm Tipoff Classic
ESPN2 L 56-50 0-1
11/20/08 at Western Michigan Kalamazoo, Mich. W 88-60 1-1
11/24/08 vs. Penn State Petersen Events Center
Pitt–Penn State rivalry
W 80-59 2-1
11/28/08 vs. Elon Petersen Events Center
Pitt Thanksgiving Tournament
W 84-49 3-1
11/29/08 vs. Youngstown State Petersen Events Center
Pitt Thanksgiving Tournament
W 99-42 4-1
12/03/08 at Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa.
City Game
W 66-47 5-1
12/07/08 vs. Maryland Petersen Events Center W 86-57 6-1
12/13/08 vs. West Virginia State Petersen Events Center W 85-37 7-1
12/16/08 vs. Wagner Petersen Events Center W 98-41 8-1
12/19/08 at Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla. W 89-59 9-1
12/21/08 at Florida Gainesville, Fla. L 90-83 9-2
12/30/08 vs. Western Kentucky Petersen Events Center W 93-50 10-2
01/04/09 vs. West Virginia Petersen Events Center
Backyard Brawl
ESPNU W 72-63 11-2 (1-0)
01/07/09 at Providence Providence, R.I. L 77-69 11-3 (1-1)
01/10/09 vs. DePaul Petersen Events Center Big East TV L 69-62 11-4 (1-2)
01/17/09 vs. USF Petersen Events Center W 79-47 12-4 (2-2)
01/20/09 at Seton Hall South Orange, N.J. W 76-40 13-4 (3-2)
01/24/09 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. W 77-75 14-4 (4-2)
01/27/09 at Georgetown Washington, D.C. W 50-39 15-4 (5-2)
01/30/09 vs. Marquette Petersen Events Center W 86-54 16-4 (6-2)
02/03/09 vs. Notre Dame Petersen Events Center W 82-70 17-4 (7-2)
02/10/09 at Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. CBS College Sports W 61-53 (OT) 18-4 (8-2)
02/15/09 at Connecticut Storrs, Conn. ESPN2 L 95-42 18-5 (8-3)
02/18/09 vs. Villanova Petersen Events Center W 70-54 19-5 (9-3)
02/21/09 vs. Cincinnati Petersen Events Center W 68-53 20-5 (10-3)
02/24/09 at West Virginia Morgantown, W.Va.
Backyard Brawl
CBS College Sports W 72-60 21-5 (11-3)
02/28/09 at Louisville Louisville, Ky. Big East TV L 75-51 21-6 (11-4)
03/02/09 vs. St. John's Petersen Events Center W 79-60 22-6 (12-4)
Big East Women's Basketball Championship
03/08/09 vs. DePaul Hartford, Conn.
(Big East Quarterfinals)
ESPNU W 62-59 23-6
03/09/09 vs. Louisville Hartford, Conn.
(Big East Semifinals)
ESPNU L 69-63 23-7
NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/21/09 vs. Montana Seattle, Wash.
(NCAA First Round)
ESPN2 W 64-35 24-7
03/23/09 vs. Gonzaga Seattle, Wash.
(NCAA Second Round)
ESPN2 W 65-60 25-7
03/29/09 vs. Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Okla.
(NCAA Regional Quarterfinals)
ESPN2 L 70-59 25-8

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
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Team players drafted into the WNBA[edit]

Round Pick Player WNBA Club
1 11 Shavonte Zellous Detroit Shock

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