Nov. 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH – Pitt women’s basketball entertains California (PA) on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center in its lone exhibition of the new season.
Pitt, who welcomes first-year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio to the Panthers’ sideline, returns five starters and eight letterwinners from a season ago. The returning players produced all but 70 of the total points registered in 2012-13 and accounted for nearly 88 percent of the minutes played.
The Panthers are led by junior point guard Brianna Kiesel, an honorable mention All-Big East selection in 2013. The Utica, N.Y. native paced the team in nearly every statistical category last winter, including scoring (14.9 ppg), assists (3.0 apg), steals (1.5 spg) and minutes (36.5 mpg).
Another returning starter is senior Asia Logan. The Baltimore product saw action in 28 games last season, averaging 14.0 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds. Logan also logged a team second-best 30 minutes per contest. Logan is one of three seniors on this year’s squad, along with Ashlee Anderson (6.4 ppg/30G-15 starts) and Marquel Davis (6.3 ppg/30G-11 starts).
The team welcomes a trio of newcomers in redshirt freshman Bubbles Anderson and true freshmen Frederique Potvin and Chelsea Welch.
Pitt begins its 39th season of women’s basketball under the direction of the eighth head coach in Pitt history. McConnell-Serio coached the previous six seasons at neighboring Duquesne University, leading the Dukes to the post-season the past five-straight campaigns.
The Pittsburgh native played scholastically at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School where she grabbed Parade All-American honors. McConnell-Serio went on to play collegiately at Penn State, becoming the first PSU player to earn an All-America first team nod.
A 2008 member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, McConnell-Serio is still today the NCAA leader in career assists (1,307/1984-88) and holds the top mark in assist average per season (11.8 a game in 1987). Her seven triple-doubles are also tied for the best-ever mark in NCAA play. She is a two-time Olympic medalist (Gold, 1988; Bronze, 1992) and also played and later coached in the WNBA.
Pitt opens its regular season at home against Bucknell on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m on School Day. The largest contingency of local elementary and middle-schooler’s in the five-year history of School Day will attend. The game also marks the start of Pitt’s inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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