Back in April, former Pitt guard Brianna Kiesel was taken in the WNBA Draft, becoming the second player in Panthers history to be drafted. She's now officially made the roster of the Tulsa Shock and has begun her WNBA career.
Steve Swetoha, the team's president, spoke about her being named to the roster:
"Brianna is a player that came into camp with a positive attitude," said Steve Swetoha, President of the Tulsa Shock. She is coachable and has a tremendous defensive skill set, not to mention her ability to create her own shot and her quickness. She has a bright future in our league."
Always great to see any Pitt athlete reach the next level, obviously. But Kiesel's rise to the WNBA is really great for the women's basketball program. They haven't sent a lot of players to the pros and getting their second is an incredible tool for coach Suzie McConnell-Serio to use in recruiting. Combine that with the team's NCAA Tournament appearance this season and you've got couple of strong building blocks to improve the program's reputation.