Breaking down ACC competition for women's basketball

While Pitt obviously won’t lose every conference game by 56 points, the loss may have foreshadowed the team’s struggles as it heads into its ACC schedule.

But aside from the loss of Diop, Pitt brought back a trio of senior talent in Aysia Bugg, Cassidy Walsh and Danielle Garven.

Like rival Florida State, Miami isn’t as talented as Louisville or Notre Dame, but there’s no reason that a solid ACC record wouldn’t earn the Hurricanes a place in the NCAA tournament.

This season has seen the return of junior guard Haley Gorecki, who injured her hip last year but now leads the team with 16.6 points and 2.9 steals per game, sixth and third best in the ACC.

Another big defensive player for the Tigers is sophomore center Tylar Bennett, who leads the team and is seventh in the conference with 1.5 blocks per game.

The Eagles started this season well, going 11-2 in nonconference play before losing to Georgia Tech and NC State at home to bring them back to reality, which is usually the basement of the ACC.

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