2009–10 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball team

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2009-10 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball
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WNIT, First Round
Conference Big East
2009-10 record 16–15 (5–11 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
« 2008–09 2010–11 »

The 2009–10 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball team will represent the University of Pittsburgh in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Panthers will be coached by Agnus Berenato. The Panthers are a member of the Big East Conference and play their home games at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Previous season[edit]

The 2008-09 Pitt women's basketball went 25-8, a program record number of wins, en route to Pitt's second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and a final #15 national ranking in both the AP and Coaches' polls. Point guard junior Jania Sims was injured during the first game of the season and redshirted. Pitt graduated all-time leading scorer Shavonte Zellous who was a first round draft pick by the WNBA's Detroit Shock. Pitt also graduated second team all-Big East guard Xenia Stewart.

Offseason[edit]

Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato poses for photos at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar as part of a thank you tour of overseas U.S military bases
  • May 19: Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Seton Hill University. Berenato was recognized for her efforts in building the Panthers program into a national success. Her honorary diploma was presented to her by Seton Hill President JoAnne W. Boyle, Ph.D., it stated “Family, colleagues, students and friends describe you as ‘genuine,’ ‘a master motivator,’ ‘a live ball of action,’ ‘a real go-getter,’ ‘loyal,’ and finally ‘amazing.’”[1]
  • May 22: Shavonte Zellous' jersey was announced that it would be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's "Ring of Honor".[2]
  • July 16, 2009: Pitt sophomore center Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson was named a finalist for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team. Wilson participated in trials at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the group was cut from 27 participants to the 14 finalists, but withdrew due to injury.[3]
  • August: Head coach Agnus Berenato is selected for and participates in a tour of overseas U.S military bases with the goal is to boost "the morale and quality of life for deployed military personnel by providing entertainment from the home front."[4]
  • The Pitt women's basketball team is selected to play on national or regional television seven times for the 2009-10 season, including three games on the ESPN family of networks.[5]
  • Two freshman recruits joined the team: 5'9" guard Ashlee Anderson from Chicago, IL and 6'5" center Leeza Burdgess from Miami, FL.

Roster[edit]

Number Name Height Position Class Hometown
23 Ashlee Anderson 5-9 Guard Freshman Chicago, IL
42 Leeza Burdgess 6-5 Center Freshman Miami, FL
22 Chelsea Cole 6-3 Forward Junior Lumberton, NJ
10 Taneisha Harrison 6-0 Guard Junior Bowie, MD
32 Selena Nwude 6-5 Center Junior (RS) Riverdale, MD
24 Sarah Ogoke 5-9 Guard Sophomore Sugar Land, TX
50 Kate Popovec 6-3 Center Sophomore Canfield, OH
2 Sophronia Sallard 5-10 Guard/Forward Senior (RS) Syracuse, NY
25 Shayla Scott 6-1 Guard Junior Monroeville, PA
14 Jania Sims 5-7 Guard Junior (RS) Newark, NJ
12 Brittaney Thomas 5-8 Guard Senior (RS) Montgomery, AL
40 Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson 6-6 Center Sophomore Pittsburgh, PA

Schedule[edit]

Pitt's 2009-10 schedule.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
Tue, Nov. 10* 7:00 pm Seton Hill Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, PA W 91–60  2,805
Regular Season
Tue, Nov. 17* 11:00 a.m. North Florida Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 61–35  4,276 1–0
Fri, Nov. 20* 7:00 p.m. Florida Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 81–58  2,848 2–0
Tue, Nov. 24* 7:00 p.m. St. Francis (PA) #24 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 75–70  2,269 3–0
Fri, Nov. 27* 1:00 p.m. Appalachian State #24 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Tournament)
W 63–56  2,533 4–0
Sat, Nov. 28* 6:00 p.m. Marshall #24 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Tournament Championship Game)
W 80–58  2,357 5–0
Wed, Dec. 2* 7:05 p.m. at Youngstown State #19 Beeghly CenterYoungstown, OH W 89–37  1,350 6–0
Sat, Dec. 5* 12:00 p.m. Western Michigan #19 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 89–65  611 7–0
Tue, Dec. 8* 7:00 p.m. Valparaiso #15 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 77–52  2,400 8–0
Sat, Dec. 12* 1:00 p.m. at Penn State #15 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA
(Pitt–Penn State rivalry)
Big Ten Network L 73–77  4,159 8–1
Sun, Dec. 20* 3:00 p.m. at Austin Peay #21 Dunn CenterClarksville, TN W 76–75 OT 410 9–1
Tue, Dec. 22* 6:30 p.m. at Western Kentucky #20 E. A. Diddle ArenaBowling Green, KY Fox College Sports W 76–60  1,442 10–1
Tue, Dec. 29* 2:00 p.m. Duquesne #20 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(City Game)
L 63–72  3,018 10–2
Thu, Dec. 31* 1:00 p.m. Mount St. Mary's #20 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 57–47  2,300 11–2
Sat, Jan. 2 8:00 p.m. at Marquette #20 Al McGuire CenterMilwaukee, WI L 55–66  2,584 11–3 (0–1)
Tue, Jan. 5 7:00 p.m. at #22 West Virginia WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV
(Backyard Brawl)
CBS College Sports L 59–63  1,183 11–4 (0–2)
Sun, Jan. 10 1:00 p.m. Rutgers Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU L 46–52  2,925 11–5 (0–3)
Sun, Jan. 17 4:00 p.m. #18 West Virginia Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Backyard Brawl)
ESPNU L 54–69  3,599 11–6 (0–4)
Wed, Jan. 20 7:00 p.m. at South Florida USF Sun DomeTampa, FL Bright House Sports Network L 51–68  864 11–7 (0–5)
Sat, Jan. 23 2:00 p.m. at Providence Alumni HallProvidence, RI Big East TV W 72–58  703 12–7 (1–5)
Sat, Jan. 30 2:00 p.m. #1 Connecticut Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA CPTV L 56–98  7,121 12–8 (1–6)
Tue, Feb. 2 7:00 p.m. Syracuse Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA L 80–87 OT 2,547 12–9 (1–7)
Sat, Feb. 6 2:00 p.m. at #3 Notre Dame Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN L 76–86  9,149 12–10 (1–8)
Wed, Feb. 10 7:00 p.m. #16 Georgetown Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA L 63–66  511 12–11 (1–9)
Sun, Feb. 14 5:30 p.m. Louisville Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Pink the Petersen)
ESPN2 W 72–69  4,168 13–11 (2–9)
Wed, Feb. 17 7:00 p.m. at Villanova The PavilionVillanova, PA W 74–69  577 14–11 (3–9)
Sat, Feb. 20 2:00 p.m. Seton Hall Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 78–57  2,745 15–11 (4–9)
Tue, Feb. 23 9:00 p.m. at DePaul McGrath ArenaChicago, IL CBS College Sports L 57–68  2,024 15–12 (4–10)
Sat, Feb. 27 2:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH W 72–60  820 16–12 (5–10)
Mon, Mar. 1 7:00 p.m. #16 St. John's Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA L 65–77  2,377 16–13 (5–11)
Postseason
Big East Women's Basketball Championship
Fri, Mar. 5 12:00 p.m. vs. #13 Louisville #12 XL CenterHartford, CT
(First Round)
Big East TV L 71–79  N/A 16–14
Women's National Invitation Tournament
Fri, Mar. 19 7:00 p.m. at Toledo Savage ArenaToledo, OH
(First Round)
L 58–70  1,868 16–15
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.   Postseason ranks represent seeds in the applicable tournament. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
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Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 WK 17 Wk 18 Final
AP rv rv 24 19 15 21 20 20 rv -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Coaches 22 25 20 20 15 19 19 18 22 rv -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Minutes Field Goals Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/051909aaa.html
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Zeise, Paul (2009-08-08). "Pitt's Berenato to visit U.S. troops overseas". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  5. ^ [3]

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