This Week In Panthers Athletics
The No. 5-ranked Pitt basketball team plays its second and final exhibition game against Indiana, Pa. on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Pitt Panthers Television on the Comcast Network (Channel 188 or 210). Former Pitt assistant Joe Lombardi serves as head coach at IUP, which advanced to the NCAA Division II national title game last year. In its first exhibition game yesterday, Pitt registered a 104-62 win over NAIA Division II Northwood, Fla. Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers with 25 points (five 3-pointers) and Brad Wanamaker finished with a double-double (18 points/10 assists).
Resuming action at Fitzgerald Field House, the Panthers host Big East opponents Louisville (Saturday, Nov. 6) and Cincinnati (Sunday, Nov. 7) in a pair of 2 p.m. matches. Pitt is coming off a 1-1 weekend in league play, where it won its fifth five-set victory of the season over Syracuse on Friday night. Additionally, senior Imani Harper hit at .400 in a loss at Marquette on Sunday.
SWIMMING and DIVING
Pitt returns to action this weekend with two Big East road contests. First, the Panthers face Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. Then, Pitt travels to Louisville for a noon meet on Saturday, Nov. 6. Prior to the break in action, freshman Lauren Matevish set an Ocasek Natatorium Pool Record, when she was the first to the wall in the 1,000 freestyle at 10:11.50. Additionally, senior Andrzej Dubiel is listed first among the Big East, as the fasted 50 free swimmer this season.
The No. 14-ranked Pitt wrestling team opens its 2010-11 season on Saturday, Nov. 6, when the team travels to Clarion, Pa. to compete in the Clarion Open. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Returning to the mat in the 125-pound class, sophomore Anthony Zanetta is ranked as high as No. 14 by InterMat and WrestlingReport.com.
The Panthers host Seton Hill in their first exhibition game of the season on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt returns five seniors to this year’s lineup, including All-Big East honorable mention selections Jania Sims and Chelsea Cole.