Sophomore Chelsea Welch
July 30, 2014
PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh head women’s basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio released the Panthers’ 2014-15 non-conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon.
The Panthers will play 10 of their 13 non-conference games at the Petersen Events Center, highlighted by hosting Michigan on November 20. Other marquee games on the slate include a trip to Columbus to take on Ohio State and the annual City Game against Duquesne.
“We are excited for the opportunity to start our season with a schedule like this,” McConnell-Serio said. “The mixture of competitive home contests and challenging road games will only help our young team come conference play.”
Pitt opens the season at home on November 14 against Ivy League runner-up Princeton, who posted a 21-9 record in 2013-14. The ‘School Day’ game against Princeton tips at 11 a.m. and will potentially be nation’s first game of the season – men or women – as it was last year when Pitt defeated Bucknell 66-51. The Panthers then host MAAC member Niagara on November 17.
Pitt welcomes Michigan to the Petersen Events Center on the 20th of November. The contest against the Wolverines is a rematch from last year’s meeting in Ann Arbor when Michigan narrowly topped Pitt, 82-75. The Panthers will then play their first road game of the season when they take on reigning CAA champion and NCAA tournament participant James Madison on November 23 in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Panthers return home for games against Radford (Nov. 26) and Loyola (Nov. 30).
In its inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge game, Pitt travels to Columbus, Ohio for a matchup with the Ohio State Buckeyes on Dec. 3. Pitt will then follow that up with a trip to the A.J. Palumbo Center for the annual meeting with crosstown rival, Duquesne, on Dec. 7. Pitt defeated the Dukes 67-57 last year.
Pitt closes the non-conference schedule on a five-game home stand, which includes games against Drexel (Dec. 14), Ball State (Dec. 18), Youngstown State (Dec. 21), Saint Francis (Dec. 28) and Delaware State (Dec. 30).
The Panthers play five teams from last year’s non-conference schedule, including Michigan, James Madison, Loyola, Duquesne and Ball State. Pitt finished with a 3-2 record in those contests.
Season tickets, mini packages and single games tickets for the 2014-15 campaign are now on sale through the Pitt Ticket Office. Season tickets are available starting as low as $20, and a flex plan starting at $30. Single game tickets and group packages are also available. For more information contact the ticket office at 800-643-PITT. The renewal deadline for season tickets is Sept. 5.
Complete Non-Conference Schedule:
11/8 – vs. IUP (Exh.) – TBA
11/14 – vs. Princeton – 11 a.m.
11/17 – vs. Niagara – 7 p.m.
11/20 – vs. Michigan – 7 p.m.
11/23 – at James Madison – TBA
11/26 – vs. Radford – TBA
11/30 – vs. Loyola – 2 p.m.
12/3 – at Ohio State – TBA
12/7 – at Duquesne – TBA
12/14 – vs. Drexel – 2 p.m.
12/18 – vs. Ball State – 7 p.m.
12/21 – vs. Youngstown State – 2 p.m.
12/28 – vs. Saint Francis – 2 p.m.
12/30 – vs. Delaware State – TBA
Pitt Falls to No. 6 Maryland, 70-49
Bugg, Panthers Defeat Old Dominion at Paradise Jam, 67-58
Pitt Edged by South Dakota State, 55-54, at Paradise Jam
Pitt Set for Three Games at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas
Pitt Runs Past Delaware State, 77-43
Pitt Set to Host Delaware State on Friday