Mandy Wittenmyer continued to establish herself as one of Pittsburgh's--and the Big East's--top young talents...finished the year in fourth place on Pittsburgh's all-time career field goal percentage list with 49.3 percent (253-of-513) and is 17th in career rebounds (436)...averaged a career-high and team-best 12.4 points per game...averaged a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game, which ranked second in the Big East...led the league in offensive rebounds with 3.46 per game...started all but two contests on the year while sitting out one (Miami, Feb. 17) with a sprained ankle...recorded double-figures in 17 games, including two 20-point and one 30-point performance...sank a career-high and Big East season-high (tied) 30 points (10 of 16) in the Panthers' 75-67 come-from-behind overtime win versus West Virginia (Jan.13)...led the Panthers with six points in the overtime period against the Mountaineers...additionally grabbed a single-game career-high 17 rebounds and 10 free throws in the win over WVU...her 17 rebounds also tied a school record for Big East matchups...scored 23 points (11 of 13) at Youngstown State and 20 points (9 of 12) at Duquesne...recorded five double-doubles in the first six games of the season and totaled seven on the year...combined with Celeste Barkley as the first double-double tandem since 1998-99 against Robert Morris with 16 points and 11 rebounds...grabbed at least 11 rebounds in eight contests...made a season-high two blocks versus Sacred Heart...also made a season-high three assists and four steals at West Virginia (Dec. 6)...made a career-high 11 field goals at Youngstown State...has an excellent maturity and leadership on the floor...is a strong rebounder.
Wittenmyer made a dramatic impact in the Pittsburgh lineup last season even though she was just a freshman... emerged as the hub of the Panthers' offense and established herself as one of the Big East Conference's top newcomers...was named to the Big East All-Rookie team...was placed in a starting role since the first game of the season...has an excellent maturity and leadership on the floor...is a strong rebounder...established herself as Pittsburgh's top scorer and rebounder with 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game...was the Big East's second-leading rebounder in both games overall (7.8 rpg.) and in league contests (7.6 rpg.)...had nine double-double performances which ranked her first in the Big East...scored in double-figures in all but eight contests...led the Panthers in both points and rebounds in 10 games...recorded her ninth double-double in the WNIT game versus Cincinnati with 18 points and 12 rebounds...had her eighth double-double at the Big East Tournament with 14 points and 12 rebounds versus St. John's...shot 49.2 percent from the field in games overall and 50.7 percent in conference games to place her 12th in both categories..earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors three times (Feb. 28, Feb. 7 and Jan. 3)...earned her third honor after averaging 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in wins over Georgetown and Villanova... received her first weekly honor after leading Pittsburgh to the Georgia Tech/Atlanta Marriott Northwest Holiday Classic Tournament title and an overtime win over Duquesne...averaged 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds that week and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player...earned the second honor after averaging 15.5 points and 12.5 rebounds when Pittsburgh split contests with Providence and St. John's...dropped in a career-high 19 points in a buzzer-beater loss to Providence Jan. 12...grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds Feb. 5 in a win over Providence...added 18 points to that effort...is second on the team with 37 steals and had a career-high six versus then fifth-ranked Notre Dame (Feb. 9)...also has 43 assists and dished out a career-high five in her very first game at Pittsburgh in the season-opener versus Lafayette.
Wittenmyer finished her career at Cumberland Valley High School with 1,220 points, 658 rebounds, 184 steals, 161 blocks and 110 assists...was a 1998 Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American...named the 1999 Carlilse Sentinal Player of the Year...selected to the Carlisle Senital All-Star team as a senior...named the 1999 Sports Fever Magazine Player of the Year...was a two-time Patriot News Big "15" selection ...named fourth-team All-National...was a Channel 21 Eyewitness Player of the Week...was a member of the District 3 All-Tournament team...was the second-leading scorer for the Pennsylvania All-Stars at the Eat `n Park Roundball Classic with 10 points...was a Cumberland Valley Season Tournament MVP in 1998...led her team to a 27-3 record her senior season and the Mid-Penn Conference championship...was a three-time letterwinner in three sports - basketball, volleyball and softball.
Mandy Wittenmyer was born April 17, 1981...is the daughter of Geoff and Pauline Wittenmyer...has one sister...is an undecided major.
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