2009-10 OUTLOOK FRESHMAN SEASON (2008-09) HIGH SCHOOL PERSONAL
Popovec enters the 2009-10 season coming off a solid freshman campaign...can play the four or five and has shown the tenacity needed to play the post in the competitive Big East Conference...looks to be more of an offensive factor with the departure of the Panthers' two leading scorers due to graduation.
Kate Popovec played in 27 games during the 2008-09 season, making one start...collected a season-high 13 rebounds at Western Michigan in her second career-game, adding eight points and an assist in the winning effort...tallied two double-doubles on the year, at Duquesne (15 points and 12 rebounds) and against West Virginia State (17 points and 10 rebounds)...17 points scored against WVSU was a season-high...missed a double-double against Villanova by one rebound, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds against the Wildcats...prior to injurying her ankle in early January, Popovec led the Panthers in rebounds, grabbing 7.2 per game off the bench...earned her first start against DePaul on March 8.
Kate Popovec was a Sporting News Honorable Mention All-America...McDonald's All-America nominee...three-time All-State team member at Canfield High including a first team nod in 2008...four-time All-MAC Conference first team member...three-time All-MAC Player of the Year...four-time All-Northeastern Ohio Inland District team member...All-Northeastern Ohio Inland District Player of the Year in 2008...Ohio Girls Basketball Report named Popovec to their Dream Team...at Canfield High School, Popovec broke numerous school records including 1,400 points and 1,100 rebounds...also holds the school record for single game blocked shots (10) and single season blocks (84)...hit the 1,000-point milestone early in her senior year...member of the National Honor Society and holds a standing in the top 10 in her graduating class.
Daughter of Ken and Renee Popovec...has two sisters -- Michelle (29) and Julianne (21)...born March 20, 1990...sister Michelle played basketball at Allegheny and father played football at Columbia...plans to have a double major in communications and journalism.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008-09)
Tenth Annual "Pink the Petersen" Set for Feb. 26
COURTSIDE: Panthers Trounce Tar Heels, 68-48
Pitt Knocks Out North Carolina, 68-48
Panthers Return Home to Host Tar Heels Sunday
Pitt Falls at No. 6 Notre Dame, 86-54
Pitt Faces Second Consecutive Top-10 Opponent in Irish