Three keys to the Pitt women's basketball team


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1 Get to the point (guard)

Brianna Kiesel was one of the best freshmen in the Big East last year and clearly the Panthers' best player. Now, with a year of experience, she is ready to take the next step and become a bona fide star. Kiesel is an excellent offensive player who has great vision and is a great passer and thus makes her teammates better. If she progresses, the team will follow and progress with her.

The Panthers want redshirt freshman Loyila Briggs to develop quickly. She is one of the more talented players on the roster but has yet to play.

2 Learn how to win

The Panthers were the youngest team in Division I last season and still are among the youngest this year. They have no seniors and only four juniors. This lack of experience was evident in Big East play. They were 0-16 in league games even though they had chances to win several of them.

This group must figure out what it takes to finish games and find a way to improve against the Big East. This means some of the veterans, such as Ashlee Anderson and Asia Logan, will have to step forward and be leaders at crunch time.

3 Protect the basketball

The Panthers turned the ball over 20 times a game last year and were minus-3.4 in turnover margin. That's too many possessions to give away every game and too many extra possessions to give to an opponent.

If the Panthers are going to make strides forward this year, they will need to do a better job of maximizing their scoring opportunities by valuing possessions. If the Panthers can cut back their turnovers and flip their turnover margin, they should be able to flip the results of some of their close losses and improve their win total.

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