Oct. 11, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The 2012-13 University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team held its annual media day on Thursday at the Petersen Events Center.
Head coach Agnus Berenato and members of the team addressed local media on the upcoming 2012-13 season, as well as Friday evening’s Midnight Madness event on Bigelow Blvd.
I’m excited about the energy, the enthusiasm, and the work ethic of our student-athletes,” said Berenato. “We are also excited to compete in our last season in the Big East and to really try to make a difference this year.”
The Panthers return four starters and nine letterwinners from a squad that went 8-22 in 2011-12. Last season’s squad was the youngest in NCAA Division I.
Among the returnees is sophomore Brianna Kiesel. The point guard, who paced Pitt in in scoring (13.6 ppg), minutes (36.3) and assists (2.9) - was the only unanimous selection to the Big East All-Freshman team in 2012.
Pitt will participate with the men’s basketball team in ‘Midnight Madness/Basketball on Bigelow’ on Friday, Oct. 12. The weekend also marks Homecoming and the University’s 225th Anniversary celebration.
The teams will be introduced on an outdoor court on Bigelow Boulevard between the Cathedral of Learning and William Pitt Union. Should inclement weather occur, the event will move indoors to the Petersen Events Center.
ESPN3 will broadcast the entirety of the event and ESPNU's Midnight Madness special will provide live interviews and updates. Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analysis) will provide the commentary for the broadcast.
The Panthers’ 2012-13 schedule features 14 contests against opponents that advanced to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship or Postseason WNIT last season.
Pitt opens the season with an exhibition contest on Nov. 3 versus Lock Haven at Noon. The Panthers officially commence the season on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. against Youngstown State. The contest marks the fourth-annual School Day with Pitt welcoming area elementary and middle schools to the Petersen Events Center.
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