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Getting to Know -- Cora McManus

Today the Panthers take on Georgetown at 4 p.m. on the road. You can follow the score online or watch through Georgetown's all-access.

Probably the most soft-spoken of the Panthers, sophomore Cora McManus is definitely not a quiet presence on the court. She has earned the start in the past three games and made the most of the opportunity, averaging seven points and six rebounds over that span.

Last season, McManus spent most of the season on the sidelines due to an injury and season-ending surgery. The Seattle native -- who began playing basketball in the sixth grade because her team needed more players -- is ready to be more of a vocal leader in 2013 on and off the court.

Meet the Panthers: Marquel Davis

When Marquel Davis arrived at Pitt three years ago, she made a pledge to herself. The junior would work on her defense first, as there were five upperclassmen in the lineup. Davis believed that would elevate her game and get her on the floor.

"I have tried to perfect my defense each year," said Davis. "When I steal the ball, I am so excited. When I just get a deflection, I get ticked at myself because I know if I was maybe a step ahead or a step more in the gap, then maybe we would have completely gotten the ball."

A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Davis had a team-high 35 steals last season and has 10 so far this campaign through seven games. The guard - who has worn a mask to protect an injury she suffered in preseason - has not given up on her offensive prowess having notched three double figure scoring games this young season. 

Meet the Panthers: Ashlee Anderson

Ashlee Anderson has played more games than any other player on the Pitt roster - and she's still got this season and next to wear the Blue & Gold.

With 67 career games to her credit, the Chicago native arrived at Pitt in 2009 from one of the most heralded high school programs in the nation (Whitney Young). "That was the greatest preparation for me to make the next step. I felt prepared coming to Pitt as a freshman as far as conditioning, traveling, and the competition. I knew I would be prepared for college because we always played against the best teams."

While Anderson has grown to love Pittsburgh (the city), it won't be replacing her affection for her hometown something she knows 'native Pittsburghers' can understand.  "I don't think words can describe my love for Chicago. For anyone that knows me, anyone that meets me, I am the biggest Chicago fan. We have so much love for our city because it offers so much. Growing up on the Southside of Chicago and going to school on the Northwest end, I learned so many things to help me grow as a person and take with me through life."

For the record, the 5-9 guard is a White Sox fan - and in Ashlee's own words is, 'always rooting for the Bulls.'

 

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The highest ranked recruit in women's basketball program history -- Loliya Briggs -- will have her official debut as a Panther on Friday, Nov. 9 when Pitt hosts Youngstown State in the season opener.

Briggs, a native of Gainesville, Fla., saw her first collegiate season end before it started when she was sidelined during the summer of 2011 with a knee injury.  Despite not being able to play, Briggs was named a team captain prior to last season and has earned the leader role again this winter.


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Pitt women's basketball begins the 2012-13 season on Saturday, Nov. 3 with an exhibition contest versus Lock Haven.  The Panthers and Lady Eagles tip at noon at the Petersen Events Center.

Head Coach Agnus Berenato, who begins her 10th season at Pitt this fall, returns three starters including sophomore Brianna Kiesel. 

The Big East All-Freshman team selection led the Panthers in a host of categories last season, including scoring (13.6), assists (3.0) and minutes per game (36.3). The Utica, N.Y., native -- along with redshirt junior Abby Dowd and redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs -- was named team captain on Thursday. 

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