Pitt’s women’s basketball team celebrated its 12th annual “Pink the Petersen” event on Sunday afternoon, as the Panthers raised money and awareness for breast cancer research and treatment.
To commemorate the event, Pitt wore special pink jerseys, gave out free pink t-shirts tofu’s and honored over 100 breast cancer survivors at halftime, in addition to donation a portion of the proceeds from each ticket to Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh.
“I want to thank the community for such a great event,” Pitt head coach Lance White said. “Just to see all the fans in this community come out and support this cause, really puts things into perspective for our team. We talk about in practice about fighting for possessions and how you have to fight through fatigue. It is hard but it is nothing compared to those strong brave women and what they have to fight on a day-to-day basis.”
Unfortunately, the Panthers couldn’t bring home a win in front of the nearly 2,500 in attendance. Facing No. 25 Miami, Pitt hung tough through one quarter, but the bottom fell out in the second period, with the Hurricanes holding a 13-2 advantage as the Panthers shot 0 for 11 from the floor.
Forward Beatrice Mompremier was a difference maker for Miami. She was 9 of 12 from the floor for 23 points and also pulled down 13 rebounds.
Senior Danielle Garven led Pitt with 13 points. The Panthers (9-16, 0-11 ACC) will host North Carolina on Thursday night at 7 p.m.