April 20, 2017Pitt Women’s Basketball to Renew Backyard Brawl Rivalry
PITTSBURGH – Pitt women’s basketball will renew its Backyard Brawl rivalry with reigning Big 12 Tournament Champion West Virginia for the upcoming 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, announced Thursday.
“We are extremely excited about the renewal of this rivalry,” Pitt Director of Athletics Heather Lyke said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to generate interest from our passionate fan base while taking on competition at the highest level in non-conference play. Coach McConnell-Serio and her staff, along with Sport Administrator Jen Tuscano, did a great job in correspondence with West Virginia to get this series scheduled.”
The Mountaineers will host the Panthers first, with the tilt set for Dec. 7, 2017, at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The second game of the series will take place during the 2018-19 season at Petersen Events Center on a date to be announced.
“It’s really exciting to revive this rivalry,” Panthers head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “Growing up in Pittsburgh, the Pitt-WVU games were always monumental in terms of intensity. Mike Carey is a fantastic coach and competing against his high-caliber program will do great things for us in terms of ACC preparation and beyond.”
The meeting in Morgantown will be Pitt’s first against West Virginia under McConnell-Serio, who enters her fifth year at the helm of the program. The teams last met Feb. 27, 2012, during Pitt’s penultimate year in the Big East, resulting in a 60-42 win for the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum.
The Panthers and Mountaineers have met 44 times in a series that dates back to 1975, with West Virginia holding a 26-18 lead. Thirteen of the previous 20 meetings, dating back to Dec. 6, 2000, have been decided by nine points or less. WVU owns an active three-game win streak against Pitt and is 13-7 all-time when hosting the Panthers. Pitt is 11-10 against the Mountaineers when playing in Pittsburgh.
West Virginia ranked No. 20 in the final USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches Poll released April 3, and ranked No. 22 in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll after appearing in the poll during 14 weeks of the season.
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