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Pitt women’s basketball off to 4-1 start

NCAA Womens Basketball: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pitt women’s basketball team didn’t look poised to have a promising season. The Panthers lost arguably their best player in Brenna Wise, who transferred to Indiana. Then, they promptly went out and lost an exhibition game to IUP. But since then, the Panthers have rebounded well.

The team now sits at 4-1 on the year and is fresh off of a 66-46 win against Cincinnati on the road. Pitt’s lone defeat came against Duquesne.

The Panthers aren’t only winning but doing so pretty easily. The team’s average margin of victory is a shade under 15 points right now.

Leading the way for the team, as expected, is Yacine Diop. Diop would have been a major contributor last season but missed the whole year with an injury. Prior to that she was a two-year starter for the team and already one of its better players, even as an underclassman. Now, a junior, she leads the team in scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg), and steals (2.6 spg).

The loss to Duquesne wasn’t a great one and the Dukes are only 3-2 themselves. Further, the team will have a lot to prove in conference. They started the year last season 6-0 before falling apart in conference and finishing the season 13-17. But after the loss to IUP in the exhibition, things are looking a little better than perhaps anticipated.

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