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Nov. 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s basketball 2012-13 schedule features a host of entertaining promotions with the official start of the season coinciding with the program’s annual School Day on Friday, Nov. 9.

Over 3,000 elementary and middle school age children are slated to attend the Panthers’ fourth-annual School Day at 11 a.m. on Friday. One of the lessons for the day will be an emphasis on the importance of doing well in school and good sportsmanship.  Dr. Kathy W. Humphrey, Vice Provost and Dean of Students at Pitt, will address the crowd at halftime.

Students from over 50 Pittsburgh area elementary and middle schools are expected to attend the field trip. For more information on the event visit or to register your school, contact or call 412-383-7427. The Panthers will team, once again, with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and UPMC Health Plan in the fight against hunger in Western Pennsylvania. The ‘Hometown vs. Hunger’ contest is slated for Sunday, Dec. 16 when Pitt takes on Rider at 1 p.m.

Fans can bring nonperishable food items to the Petersen Events Center and can gain admission to the game for just a $1. Season ticket holders will receive a Panthers Team Store coupon or $1 ticket for a guest.  Fans can join the “Hometown vs. Hunger” virtual food drive and donate online at

The Dec. 16 contest is also being billed as Camper Day. All participants who attended the Agnus Berenato summer camps this past summer are invited back to enjoy the basketball game, while their families get in for free.

Pitt and the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania join forces on Saturday, Jan. 19 when the Panthers tangle with Big East rival Marquette at 3 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.  The contest is part two of the “Pitt Panthers Huddle Up and Game On” Series.

Girl Scouts in grades 2 through 12 are invited to attend the Pitt versus Rutgers football game at Heinz Field. They will enjoy a variety of activities at the game, including face painting, balloon artists and appearances by the Pitt Cheer and Dance team. The series continues on Jan. 19 at the women’s basketball game with activities planned after the 3 p.m. game. Girls who attend both events receive a two-part Panther Series fun patch.  For more information, visit

women’s basketball will host its sixth annual ‘Pink the Petersen’ event on Saturday Feb. 23 when the Panthers take on Georgetown.  The contest is set to start at 1 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.

The event is always a special one for Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato, who lost her mother, Theresa McGlade, to breast cancer almost three decades ago. Berenato helped initiate the “Pink” game, an annual event at a home contest played in February during each women’s basketball campaign.

As in seasons past, Pitt will partner with UPMC Health Plan and the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for this special day to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Pitt will contribute $1 for every game ticket sold to Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Breast cancer survivors will be recognized during the game and fans are encouraged to wear ‘pink’ to support the cause.

For the Sunday, Nov. 11 contest versus William & Mary, Pitt will honor all veterans in attendance in observance of Veteran’s Day. All active military and veterans will get in free with ID.  

The Panthers will have Throwback Day on Nov. 13 when Pitt takes on Siena at 1 p.m. at its former home confines, Fitzgerald Field House.  Lunchtime specials will be available as fans are encouraged to take their lunch break early and come out and cheer for the Panthers.

The Panthers return three starters and eight players in 2012-13. Head Coach Agnus Berenato begins her 10th season at the helm, seven wins away from becoming Pitt's all-time women's basketball wins leader.

Pitt hosts 18 home games this season with season tickets starting at $50 for adults and $20 for youths and seniors (50 and over). A family plan is available for $110 (two adult, two children). The Panthers entertain NCAA Championship runner-up Notre Dame this season at the Petersen Events Center, along with post-season participants DePaul and Georgetown.

Season ticket holders also receive special benefits, including a meet and greet with the team, an opportunity to be a guest coach, and an invitation to a pregame 'chalk talk' with Coach Berenato.  Season ticket holders are also entitled to two Panther Club Priority points (for active member), as well as several other advantages.

A four-game Mini Package, which allows fans to buy two tickets to four different games, is also available for $20. Admission is free to all University of Pittsburgh students, Pitt and UPMC Faculty & Staff with a valid Pitt or UPMC ID. For ticket information, call 800-643-PITT (7488) or email

Fans can follow the Panthers all season long  - at home and on the road on the Pitt women’s basketball flagship station 1320 AM WJAS. The radio broadcast will also be available on Pitt Panthers All-Access with a monthly fee of $9.95. Non-conference games this season will be web-streamed on Pittsburgh Panthers All-Access. All Big East conference games (with exception of Villanova on Jan. 12) will be shown live on Pitt Panthers TV on the Comcast Network (Channel 188/210).



Pitt Women's Basketball Promotion Dates Released For 2012-13 Season

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