Pitt, West Virginia schedule women's basketball 'Backyard Brawl' home-and-home
April 20, 2017 11:40 PM
Pitt coach Suzie McConnell-Serio
By Craig Meyer / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Separated by just 75 miles and connected by a rich history that spans decades, the storied rivalry between Pitt and West Virginia was one of several that became a victim of the forces of conference realignment over the past decade.
In the past 19 months, however, the two schools have arranged matchups in football and men’s basketball. And, now, women’s basketball.
The Panthers and Mountaineers have agreed to a two-game series, with meetings scheduled for Dec. 7, 2017 in Morgantown, W.Va., and a yet-to-be-determined date during the 2018-19 season at Petersen Events Center.
“We are extremely excited about the renewal of this rivalry,” Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said in a statement released Thursday. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to generate interest from our passionate fan base while taking on competition at the highest level in non-conference play.”
The two programs last met on Feb. 27, 2012, a 60-42 West Virginia victory at WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers left the Big East for the Big 12 the following season while Pitt joined the ACC in 2013.
West Virginia owns a 26-18 lead in the all-time series, one that dates back to 1975, and has won each of the past three games. Last season, the Mountaineers captured the Big 12 tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament while the Panthers struggled to a 13-18 record and finished with a 4-12 mark in ACC play for the second consecutive season.
“It’s really exciting to revive this rivalry,” Pitt coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said in a statement. “Growing up in Pittsburgh, the Pitt-WVU games were always monumental in terms of intensity. Mike Carey is a fantastic coach and competing against his high-caliber program will do great things for us in terms of ACC preparation and beyond.”
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