2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball team

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2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball
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Caribbean Classic Champions
Conference Big East
2011–12 record 8-22 (0-16 Big East)
Head coach Agnus Berenato
Assistant coach Patty Coyle
Assistant coach Khadija Head
Assistant coach Mallorie Winn
Home arena Petersen Events Center
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »

The 2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Panthers, coached by Agnus Berenato, were a member of the Big East Conference and played their home games at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Previous season[edit]

An unusual distribution of players by academic class, with five seniors and six freshman, but with no juniors or sophomores, and three new assistant coaches resulted in some growing pains for the 2010-11 Pitt women's basketball team which went 14–17, suffering their first losing season since 2004-05. In the Big East, the team finished with a 5–11 record finishing with the 12th seed in the Big East Tournament, the Panthers won their first round of the tournament to South Florida, but exited the tournament with a 61–65 loss to Marquette leaving the Panthers without a post-season tournament invitation for the first time since 2005.

Offseason[edit]

The Panthers lost their top four scorers, seniors Taneisha Harrison, Jania Sims, Chelsea Cole, and Shayla Scott, and return only one starters, Ashlee Anderson, along with five letter winners while welcoming seven newcomers.[1] Composed of six sophomores and six freshman, with no seniors or juniors, Pitt is the youngest team in NCAA Division 1 for the 2010-11 season.[2] Pitt looks to help replace 74.6% of its scoring, 64.1% of its rebounds, and 75.8% of its assists with its best ever recruiting class,[3] ranked 18th by ESPN's Hoopgurlz,[4] along with redshirt sophomore Abby Dowd, who begins play with the team after transferring from Buffalo during last season.[5][6]

Staff moves included moving Meghan Bielich to Director of Basketball Operations and adding David Scarborough as the team's Video Coordinator.[7] Assistant coach Patty Coyle was promoted to associate head coach.[8]

The women's basketball team enters the season with modest expectations due to their inexperience and was picked to finish 12th in the Big East Conference in a preseason poll of conference coaches.[9]

Recruiting[edit]

Pitt's 2011 Women's Recruiting Class was ranked 18th by ESPN's Hoopgurlz[4] and 23rd by All-Star Girls Report.[10]

2011 Pitt Recruiting Class[10]
Recruit Position Height High School Hometown ESPN Grade
Loliya Briggs guard 5'11 Potter's House Christian Jacksonville, FL 93
Chyna Golden forward 6'2 Neptune High School Bradley Beach, NJ 92
Brianna Kiesel point guard 5'7 Thomas R. Proctor High School Utica, NY 93
Cora McManus forward 6'0 Garfield High School Seattle, WA 82
TiAnna Porter forward 6'2 Henry County High School Paris, TN 40

Overall ESPN Hoopgurlz Recruiting Ranking: 18th[4]

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 0 Logan, AsiaAsia Logan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) So Digital Harbor High School Baltimore, MD
G 1 Briggs, LoliyaLoliya Briggs 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Fr Potter's House Christian Academy Gainesville, FL
G 3 Kiesel, BriannaBrianna Kiesel 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Fr Thomas R. Proctor High School Utica, NY
G 12 Dowd, AbbyAbby Dowd 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) RS So University of Buffalo Tipp City, OH
G 13 Davis, MarquelMarquel Davis 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) So Stafford Senior High School Fredericksburg, VA
G 23 Anderson, AshleeAshlee Anderson 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) RS So Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Chicago, IL
G 24 Brizzi, BriannaBrianna Brizzi 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Fr Fauquier High School Warrenton, VA
F 31 Porter, TiAnnaTiAnna Porter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Fr Henry County High School Paris, TN
F 33 Dunn, KyraKyra Dunn 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) So Sacramento High School Sacramento, CA
F 34 Golden, ChynaChyna Golden 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Fr Neptune High School Bradley Beach, NJ
C 42 Burdgess, LeezaLeeza Burdgess 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) RS So Miami Norland Senior High School Miami, FL
F 51 McManus, CoraCora McManus 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Fr Garfield High School Seattle, WA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2011-10-23

Schedule[edit]

Pitt's 2011-12 women's basketball schedule.[11]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
Fri, Nov. 4* 7:00 pm Seton Hill Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, PA W 59–51  1,871
Regular Season
Sat, Nov. 12* 2:00 pm Hampton Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA L 37–60  1,637 0–1
Tue, Nov. 15* 7:00 pm St. Francis (PA) Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 78–50  1,537 1–1
Fri, Nov. 18* 11:00 am Loyola (MD) Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(School Day)
W 65–59  5,031 2–1
Sun, Nov. 20* 12:00 pm Central Michigan Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 77–70  1,491 3–1
Sat, Nov. 26* 2:00 pm Drexel Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA L 50–71  1,580 3–2
Tue, Nov. 29* 7:00 pm Mount St. Mary's Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 58–45  1,530 4–2
Fri, Dec. 2* 7:00 pm at High Point Millis Athletic Convocation CenterHigh Point, NC L 75–82  1,074 4–3
Sun, Dec. 4* 2:00 pm at Duke #7 Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC L 43–92  4,428 4–4
Wed, Dec. 7 7:00 p.m. #19 Georgetown Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network L 54–82  1,750 4–5 (0–1)
Sat, Dec. 10* 2:00 pm Valparaiso Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 65–56  1,542 5–5 (0–1)
Tue, Dec. 20* 1:00 pm vs. Indiana Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort • Cancún, Mexico
(Caribbean Classic)
W 77–72 OT 250 6–5 (0–1)
Wed, Dec. 21* 3:30 pm vs. Michigan State Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort • Cancún, Mexico
(Caribbean Classic)
W 64–54  225 7–5 (0–1)
Wed, Dec. 28* 7:00 pm Duquesne Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(City Game)
L 57–70  2,264 7–6 (0–1)
Sat, Dec. 31* 1:00 pm Lafayette Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 74–69 OT 1,531 8–6 (0–1)
Tue, Jan. 3 7:00 pm at Villanova The PavilionVillanova, PA L 62–70  437 8–7 (0–2)
Sat, Jan. 7 2:00 pm Syracuse Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network L 60–83  1,738 8–8 (0–3)
Tue, Jan. 10 7:00 pm #8 Rutgers Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network L 39–63  1,009 8–9 (0–4)
Sat, Jan. 14 8:00 pm at #21 DePaul McGrath-Phillips ArenaChicago, IL L 83–86  3,451 8–10 (0–5)
Tue, Jan. 17 7:00 pm at #2 Notre Dame Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN L 40–120  8,600 8–11 (0–6)
Sat, Jan. 21 2:00 pm West Virginia Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Backyard Brawl)
ESPN Plus, "Big East Network Game of the Week" L 43–54  2,868 8–12 (0–7)
Sat, Jan. 28 2:00 pm at Providence Alumni HallProvidence, RI L 50–66  403 8–13 (0–8)
Tue, Jan. 31 7:00 pm St. John's Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network L 51–66  1,726 8–14 (0–9)
Sat, Feb. 4 8:00 pm at Marquette Al McGuire CenterMilwaukee, WI L 48–72  2,273 8–15 (0–10)
Sat, Feb. 11 2:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH L 57–62  1,325 8–16 (0–11)
Tue, Feb. 14 7:00 pm Louisville #20 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network L 66–71 OT 1,555 8–17 (0–12)
Sat, Feb. 18 7:00 p.m. at South Florida Bob Martinez Sports CenterTampa, FL L 50–62  679 8–18 (0–13)
Tue, Feb. 21 7:00 pm Connecticut #4 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network L 37–86  2,095 8–19 (0–14)
Sat, Feb. 25 2:00 pm Seton Hall Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Pink the Petersen)
Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network L 39–63  2,814 8–20 (0–15)
Mon, Feb. 27 7:00 p.m. at West Virginia WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV
(Backyard Brawl)
CBS Sports Network L 42–60  2,362 8–21 (0–16)
Postseason
Big East Women's Basketball Championship
Thu, Mar. 2 2:00 p.m. vs. South Florida XL CenterHartford, CT
(Big East Tournament)
BIGEAST.tv L 59–60  7,910 8–22
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Division I AP Poll unless otherwise noted. (#) during postseason tournaments is seed with region, if applicable. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
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Awards and honors[edit]

  • The team won the Caribbean Classic at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancún, Mexico with victories over Indiana and Michigan State.

See also[edit]

Pitt vs Seton Hall women's "Pink the Petersen" basketball game on February 25, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Price, Karen (2011-10-14). "Pitt embraces its youth". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  2. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2011-10-14). "Pitt Women: Young squad has tall task". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  3. ^ Grupp, John (2011-10-21). "Pitt women will learn on the fly this season". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  4. ^ a b c "2011 Women's College Basketball Team Recruiting Rankings in Association with HoopGurlz: #18 Pitt". ESPN.com. June 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Pitt Women's Basketball Holds Media Day". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  6. ^ Conboy, Sean (February 2012). "Love & Basketball". Pittsburgh Magazine (Wiesner Media). Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pitt Women's Basketball Adds Two to Its Staff". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  8. ^ "Patty Coyle Named Pitt Women's Basketball Associate Head Coach". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Pitt Women's Basketball Selected 12th in Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  10. ^ a b "Pitt Women's Basketball Inks Top-20 Recruiting Class". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  11. ^ "Pitt Women's Basketball 2011-2012 Schedule". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 

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