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Pitt Women's Hoops Hosts Seton Hall for Pink the Petersen on Saturday




Feb. 24, 2012

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PITTSBURGH -
Pitt women's basketball will host its final home of the season and the fifth annual Pink the Petersen on Saturday, Feb. 25 when it entertains Seton Hall. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. At halftime of the contest, UPMC Cancer Centers will team with the Pitt Dance and Cheer teams to perform and lead the Pink Glove Dance. Pink gloves will be handed out upon entry to the Petersen Events Center.

The game will be broadcast live on Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network (Channel 188/210) with Jeff Hathhorn and Jen Tuscano calling the action. Scott Stiller and Karlyle Kim will have radio duties on WJAS-AM 1320 - a broadcast also available through Pitt Panthers All-Access.

The Panthers (8-19, 0-14 Big East) and Pirates (7-21, 0-14)  are meeting for the 48th time in program history with Pitt holding a 26-21 all-time lead in the series. The Panthers have won four-straight over the Pirates and eight of the last nine. Pitt is 14-7 all-time at home versus Seton Hall, which includes a 4-0 all-time at the Petersen Events Center. The last loss at home to the Pirates came on Jan. 17, 1998 - a 72-62 setback at Fitzgerald Field House.

Three of the last four matchups have been decided by 20 or more points. However, 20 of the previous 47 meetings have been nine points or fewer decisions -while 30 games have been under a 13-point difference at the final horn. From 1998-99 to 2007-08 season, only one contest out of 10 was decided by more than 10 points - all the others (9) were single digit outcomes.

Pitt associate coach Patty Coyle arrived at Pitt after a serving as the head coach of the WNBA’s New York Liberty. On her staff for her final year was Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan. Donavan was the first female Naismith College Player of the Year in 1983 (out of Old Dominion) and has four Olympic gold medals- two as a coach (assistant coach, 2004; head coach, 2008; two as a player, 1984, 1988).

John M. Petersen will serve as guest coach for the game while the Children's Hospital Honorary captain will be Jillian Bowman from Latrobe, Pa. Prior to the contest, Pitt will recongize senior manager Crystal Orr.

The concourse will have a host of activites available for families.  


Last Season’s Matchup
Taneisha Harrison had 19 points, 11 of those in the second half, to lift Pittsburgh women’s basketball to a 64-58 victory over Seton Hall on Jan. 12, 2011 in South Orange, N.J. New Jersey product and senior Jania Sims scored 18 points, which included a 3-of-5 performance from three-point range. Pitt led by as many as 19 points in the second half en route to its first Big East victory of the season. The Panthers out-rebounded the Pirates, 50-33.

About Seton Hall
The Pirates are 7-21 on the year and along with Pitt the only other winless team in Big East play (0-14). Senior Jasmine Crew is leading the Big East in minutes played (37.8) and pacing her team in points (18.5 ppg/2nd in the Big East). The senior from Camden, N.J. has posted double figures in 25 of 29 games for the Pirates.

More Than A Game
Pitt is hosting its fifth annual ‘Pink the Petersen’ event this afternoon. Panthers head coach Agnus Berenato - who lost her mother, Theresa McGlade, to breast cancer almost three decades ago - helped initiate the ‘Pink’ game. Several members of the team have had family members who have been affected by the disease, including Ashlee Anderson’s mother who is a survivor.

One dollar for every ticket sold today is going to Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh. A special halftime performance is planned as part of the day’s festivities. The Pink Glove Dance began two years ago when a video was produced by Medline (America’s largest privately held national manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies and services) to raise breast cancer awareness. The video has generated over 15 million views on YouTube and inspired pink glove dances around the world.

Some statistical information about breast cancer:

f¤Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and the second leading cause of cancer death (exceeded by lung cancer in 1985).
f¤Breast cancer is three times more common than all gynecologic malignancies put together.
f¤Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
f¤One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. A
f¤Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
f¤If cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today

Today is also alumni day for former Pitt women’s basketball. The individuals in attendance today are:

Ms. Rebecca Jane Maziarz (1981-85)
Ms. Jennifer Shingler Hansberry (1986-1990)
Ms. Jonna Huemrich-Burke (1990-94)
Mary Ellen Wyszomierski (Klobchar), M.D. (1974-75)
Ms. Jill Louise Sitlinger (1985-89)
Ms. Jennifer Bruce Scott (1981-85)
Ms. Rita Anderson Lanza (1987-90)
Mrs. Gail Evans Potter (1973-75)
Ms. Renee Guerin (Roma) (1981-1983)
Ms. Karlyle C. Lim (2004-08)
Ms. Jamie Warren (1994-96)
Mr. Lionel J. Edmonds (2004-07)
Mrs. Karen Mackin Laughlin
Mrs. Terri Vogt Davis (1975-77)
Ms. Mallorie Rene’ Winn (2005-08)
Dr. Debbie Lewis (1977-81)
Jill McElhinny Catanzaro 89-93
Head Coach Kirk Bruce (1985-98)