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

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. rv=Others receiving votes.
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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