Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
We had the Pitt men's Big East media day recap here and here, but the women had their day last week as well. The women's basketball team was a disastrous 8-22 last year and didn't even win a single conference game. Lots had to do with their youth, but the coaches in the Big East aren't expecting much more out of the Panthers this year.
Pitt was picked 13th out of 16 schools and still has some work to do according to the Big East coaches.
It's no surprise that the team's coach, Agnus Berenato thinks the Panthers will be better, but also count UConn's Geno Auriemma among those that think Pitt will improve:
"Pittsburgh was a lot better than their record," said Geno Auriemma, whose Connecticut team was picked to finish first over last year’s champion, Notre Dame. "They had a lot of really good players. They were just really young. Once you start struggling when you’re really young, it just spins out of control. I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people this year. I’d be shocked if they didn’t."
The team is still ridiculously young. Nine of the 14 players are underclassmen (either true or redshirt) and there are no seniors. Pitt is still probably at least another year away from competing for the NCAAs. But in two years when the majority of them will be juniors and seniors, there should be plenty to look forward to.