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Nov. 3, 2011

Video Interview with Coach Berenato

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt women's basketball team begins its 2011-12 season with an exhibition contest versus Seton Hill on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.

Head coach Agnus Berenato begins her ninth season at Pitt, 15 victories from becoming the program's all-time winningest head coach. Berenato has guided the Panthers to six postseason appearances, including the program's first-ever NCAA Championship (2007) and back-to-back Sweet 16 showings (2008, 2009).

The Panthers will look to replace 74.6 percent of its scoring from last season, having graduated their top four scorers. With a class breakdown of six freshmen and six sophomores, the squad is the youngest in NCAA Division I women's basketball this season.

Redshirt sophomores Ashlee Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) and Leeza Burdgess (Miami, Fla.) return as top returning scorer and rebounder, respectively -  two of the five letterwinners Pitt welcomes back in 2011-12. 

Sophomores Marquel Davis (Fredericksburg, Va.), Kyra Dunn (Sacramento, Calif.), and Asia Logan (Baltimore, Md.) also return to action for the Panthers.

Newcomers include sophomore transfer Abby Dowd (Tipp City, Ohio), and freshmen Lo Briggs (Gainesville, Fla.), Brianna Brizzi (Warrenton, Va.), Chyna Golden (Neptune, N.J.), Brianna Kiesel (Utica, N.Y.), Cora McManus (Seattle, Wash.) and TiAnna Porter (Paris, Tenn.). The freshman class was rated No. 19 in the country by ESPN Hoopgulrz. 

Seton Hill is coached by Ferne Labati, the former head women's coach at the University of Miami. The Griffins also have only one returning and finished their 2010-2011 season with a 22-7 mark, taking fourth in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Clare Berenato, daughter of Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato, is a junior guard for the Lady Griffins.

The guest coach program will be in place again this season. Serving as guest coaches for Friday's game will be Pitt's Student Conduct Officer from the Student Affairs Office, Deborah Walker and Maggie Elder, 9-year old granddaughter of George Schoeppner - a former Pitt baseball player who has his number retired.  

Pitt Women's Basketball Begins Play on Friday

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