The Pitt women’s basketball team was picked to finish last Wednesday in the league’s preseason poll in its first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The media and coaches picked the Panthers to finish 15th in their first season in the new conference. Pitt ended Big East Conference play in the spring on a 36-game regular-season conference losing streak dating to 2011.
Pitt hired former Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell-Serio in the offseason to replace Agnus Berenato, who was fired in April. McConnell-Serio led the Dukes to five consecutive winning seasons and five consecutive WNITs. In 2012-13, the Dukes were one of the final teams left out of the NCAA tournament.
“We know we will be competing in the best women’s basketball conference in the country and we aware we have to earn respect,” McConnell-Serio said in a statement. “This team is improving on a daily basis and we are excited to get the season underway.”
Duke was picked to finish first, and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas was named the league’s preseason player of the year.