The West Virginia women’s basketball team will play its final home game of the season as it hosts Pitt on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
The Mountaineers (20-8, 10-5) look to maintain their fifth-place position heading into the BIG EAST Tournament, while the Panthers (8-20, 0-15) are still looking for their first league win.
The Panthers lost at home to Seton Hall 63-39 on Feb. 25 in their last outing. The contest featured five ties in the first seven minutes of play. The Panthers were led in scoring by redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson with 11 points.
Pitt is the youngest team in the league as it returned only one starter from last season and seven letterwinners. The Panthers’ roster does not have a single junior or senior with six sophomores and six freshmen.
Freshman guard Brianna Kiesel guides the Panthers as she averages 13.0 points per game. Kiesel shoots 33.8 percent (125-370) from the field and converts 71.1 percent (101-142) from the free throw line.
Anderson is the second-leading scorer with 11.2 points per game and 16 threes this season. She is also the second-leading rebounder as she averages 5.1 boards per game and led Pitt in both scoring and rebounding with 16 points and eight rebounds in the last outing against WVU earlier this season.
WVU is coming home after defeating Cincinnati 66-62, a game in which the Mountaineers trailed by as many as 14 and came back to win.
Asya Bussie and Christal Caldwell co-led WVU in scoring against Cincinnati with 15 points each and are WVU’s season-leading scorers with 12.1 and 12.0 points per game, respectively.
Ayana Dunning, who had a game-leading 11 rebounds in the last outing, continues to lead WVU on the boards with 8.7 rebounds per game, the fourth-highest average in the BIG EAST.
Pitt is WVU’s only home and home series with the Mountaineers leading the all-time series 25-19, dating back to 1974. The Mountaineers have won four of the last five outings with Pitt, including a 54-43 game earlier this season at Pitt. WVU split with Pitt last season, dropping the first contest at the Coliseum (60-53) and defeating Pitt at the Petersen Events Center (90-79).
The Mountaineers will celebrate senior night and honor lone senior Natalie Burton pregame. The game has also been designated Fan Appreciation Night as fans can pick up several promotional items including extra foam fingers, team photos and glow sticks while supplies last. At the concession stands, small popcorn and drinks will be available for just $1 each.
The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Deb Antonelli and Brent Stover. Live stats and a full recap of Monday’s game can be found online at MSNsportsNET.com.