Feb. 26, 2012
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PITTSBURGH - Pitt women's basketball travels to West Virginia to close out the Big East regular season. The Panthers and Mountaineers do battle for the second time this season on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m at WVU Coliseum. WVU posted a 54-43 win in the earlier season meeting on Jan. 21 at the Petersen Events Center.
The game will be broadcast on CBS College with Debbie Antonelli and Brent Stover calling the action courtside. Scott Stiller and Jen Tuscano will have radio duties on WJAS-AM 1320 - a broadcast also available through Pitt Panthers All-Access.
The Panthers (8-20, 0-15 Big East) dropped their 14th-straight on Saturday, a 63-39 setback to Seton Hall at home.
Monday's meeting is the 44th all-time between the "Backyard Brawl" foes in a series that dates back to 1975. WVU leads the series, 25-18, but the teams have split the past eight meetings.
The teams began - again - the home-and-home series during the 2007-08 season. The squads split the meetings last season with each team winning on the other's court. In 2009-10, WVU swept the season series while the season prior (2008-09), Pitt captured both contests. The teams also split in the 2007-08 campaign with each team winning on its home court. Thirteen of the previous 19 meetings (dating back to Dec. 6, 2000) have been decided by nine points or less. In total, 23 of the 43 previous meetings have been nine-point decisions.
About West Virginia
The Mountaineers are 20-8 overall and 10-7 in Big East play. Since the teams faced off in PIttsburgh on Jan. 21, WVU has won seven of its last 10 games. When they met a month ago - Taylor Palmer was pacing the team in points oer game (13.7) since then the sophomore's point total has dropped to 11.2 points per game (3rd on team). Palmer continues to lead the team in 3-pointers having hit 64 on the season - accounting for 48 percent of the team's total makes. Junior Asya Busie is leading team in points (12.1) and is second in rebounds per game (6.6). WVU, like Pitt, is a very young team with eight underclassmen on its roster (just one senior and two juniors).
WVU is eighth in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 51.7 points from its opponents and is third in the nation (among 336 schools) in field goal percentage defense (.332) (as of Friday, national rankings). Pitt in the same rankings is 300th (scoring defense and 292nd in field goal percentage defense (what oppoenents are shooting)
Last year's two meetings marked the first time in that that the WVU/Pitt home-and-home series hadn't been swept by either team since its start in 2007-08. The Mountaineers swept the series in 2009-10, while the Panthers captured it in 2007-08.