PITTSBURGH (AP)—The Pitt women’s basketball team is losing its sophomore class.

Former New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Player of the Year Shawnice “Pepper” Wilson, Sarah Ogoke and Kate Popovec are leaving the Panthers, who were 16-15 overall and 5-11 in the Big East this season.


The 6-6 Wilson started 27 games at center, averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. She also played in 33 games, 32 of which she started, during her freshman year, when she was named to the All-Big East freshmen team. The 6-3 Popovec averaged 2.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. Ogoke, a 5-9 guard, averaged 1 point and 1.4 rebounds in 28 games.

Reasons for the departures were not released.

Pitt’s active roster is down to eight players, all of them freshmen or juniors.

The Panthers failed to make the NCAA tournament under coach Agnus Berenato, causing the school to lose thousands of dollars last week when it played host to early round tournament games that drew sparse crowds.

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