This Week In Pitt Panthers Athletics
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – This Thursday night the Pitt Panthers men’s basketball team will host their backyard rival, the West Virginia Mountaineers, at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff for the WVU game will be at 9 p.m.
The women’s basketball team will face Georgetown and St. John’s this week on the road.
After going 2-1 in Florida last week, the baseball team returns home for a three-game series. While the baseball team is in chilly Pittsburgh, Pitt’s softball team will be in Boca Raton, Fla. for a tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic.
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The No. 4/6 ranked Pitt men’s basketball team hosts West Virginia on Thursday, Feb. 24 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. for the ESPN national telecast. Pitt then hits the road for a Sunday, Feb. 27 contest at No. 16/ Louisville. Tipoff for that matchup is at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports. Pitt enters its week with a 24-3 overall and 12-2 Big East record. The Panthers remain in first place in the Big East Conference with a 2.0 game lead.
The Panthers hit the road for a pair of key Big East matchups this week. Pitt travels to Washington, D.C. and New York City to face Georgetown on Wednesday, Feb. 23 (7 p.m. tip) and St. John’s on Saturday, Feb. 26 (2 p.m. tip). The Panthers dropped a 90-79 decision to rival West Virginia on Saturday in the fourth annual Pink the Petersen event. Senior Taneisha Harrison was named to the Big East Honor Roll, her second selection this season. The guard from Bowie, Md. averaged 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two games last week for Pitt.
Pitt opens its brand-new Petersen Sports Complex with a three-game series against IPFW beginning this Friday, Feb. 25. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. while Sunday’s game is set for a noon start. Over the weekend, the Panthers finished 2-1 at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in Clearwater, Fla. The team defeated Big Ten opponents Illinois (10-6) and Iowa (3-2 in 11 innings) before dropping the finale on Sunday to Purdue (5-3).
The Panthers travel to Auburn on Friday, Feb. 25 for an 8 p.m. ET meet with the Tigers. The contest will mark Pitt’s second consecutive road trip, as they are coming off a 195.650-193.550 loss at UNC last weekend. The Panthers’ 193.550 score, however, marks the third consecutive meet with a score better than 193.000. The Panthers registered a season-high 48.700 on the bars, including four gymnasts scoring better than a 9.725. They also tied their season-high mark on the floor with a 48.550. Freshman Katie O’Rourke broke her career-high in both the vault (9.800, second) and the floor (9.800, fifth). Additionally, O’Rourke scored a 9.725 on the beam to finish sixth, giving her three top-six finishes on the day.
Pitt travels to Boca Raton, Fla. this weekend for the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic. The Panthers face Maryland (9 a.m.) and Kent State (11 a.m.) on Friday, Feb. 25. On Saturday, Feb. 26, Pitt plays Jacksonville (4 p.m.) and Florida Atlantic (8 p.m.). The Panthers are coming off a 4-1 weekend in the Blue and Gold Felsberg Memorial Tournament in Miami, Fla. During the tournament, Pitt upset No. 17 Georgia Tech (2-1). Senior Reba Tutt led the team with a .375 batting average and is five stolen bases shy of moving into second place on the all-time career list in that category.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Now in post-season competition, Pitt’s swimming and diving team will host the ECAC Championships at Trees Pools beginning Friday, Feb. 25. The meet will run through Sunday, Feb. 27 with numerous schools and select individuals participating.
PANTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY
Pitt’s women’s tennis team will host Panther PAWS at Trees Hall on Saturday, Feb. 26. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m. Pitt will also honor its Scholar-Athletes during halftime of the men’s basketball game set for Thursday, Feb. 24.