Head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio addressed the local media on Thursday.
Sept. 26, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- The 2013-14 Pitt women's basketball team held its annual media day on Thursday at the Petersen Events Center. First-year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio and members of the team spoke with local media about the upcoming season and the Panthers' transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"We feel good about where we are," said McConnell-Serio about the beginning of the season. "We know we have a lot of work to do. We have a lot to put in still, and with that being said we are excited that Monday will be our first official practice."
Joining McConnell-Serio were redshirt senior Ashlee Anderson and junior Brianna Kiesel. Pitt returns all five starters and each of its eight leading scorers from a year ago. Kiesel was the Panthers' statistical leader during the 2012-13 campaign, averaging 14.9 points and 3.0 assists on her way to earning an All-Big East honorable mention selection.
Following its first official day of practice on Monday, Pitt will prepare for the season opener against Bucknell on Nov. 8 at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers later host Florida State at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 in their first-ever ACC contest.
"We are so excited to be going into the ACC and being a part of one of the best conferences in the country," said McConnell-Serio. "We look at it as a great challenge going into the ACC, but our players are looking at it as a fresh start. It is an exciting opportunity that we have going into the ACC."
Also highlighting Pitt's schedule in its inaugural ACC season are nine showdowns with NCAA Tournament teams from last year, including Final Four participant Notre Dame.
Season tickets are available with prices at $50 for adults and $20 for youths (2-17) and seniors (50 and over). A family play is available for $110 (4 tickets), while the VIP Courtside seats are priced at $100. Admission is free to all University of Pittsburgh students, Pitt and UPMC Faculty and Staff with a valid Pitt or UPMC ID. For more ticket information, call the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-7488.
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