The Pitt women’s basketball team opened its ACC season on Thursday, losing to Virginia, 62-50.
That the game was even that close is a bit of a testament to the team. Pitt started out ice cold, beginning the game 1-10 from the field and picking up seven turnovers. The Panthers had only two points with about a minute left in the first quarter before hitting a few late shots to score eight for the period.
Pitt ultimately got down by as much as 26 but fought back in the second half. By then, though, it was too late.
The team’s star, Yacine Diop, struggled badly, scoring only four points on 2-12 shooting. Leading the way for Pitt was freshman guard Pika Rodriguez, who had 17 points off the bench. Pika is the team’s best three-point shooter and you might remember her name from this summer as she played really well for the Puerto Rico team playing in the FIBA U19 World Cup.
She made 5-8 from three-point range against Virginia and is shooting 55% from that range on the season. Unfortunately she had little help as the rest of the Panthers shot only 29% from the field.