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Panthers add two women’s basketball recruits

Pitt women’s basketball coach Agnus Berenato announced the signing of two high school prospects today in a recruiting class she calls “the best talent-wise that we have ever had.”

The Panthers added Ashlee Anderson, a 5-foot-9 guard from Chicago’s Whitney Young High School, and Leeza Burdgess, a 6-foot-5 center from Miami’s Norland High School, in the early signing period.

“The staff worked really hard because these two were very highly recruited,” Berenato said. “Before we went to the Sweet 16, we weren’t even in it with them. But they both fit in so well with our chemistry and the type of program we want here at Pitt. That is what makes them so special.”

Anderson led Whitney Young to its first-ever Illinois Class 4A championship last spring, averaging 11.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as a junior. She chose Pitt over Boston College, Oklahoma State and DePaul.

Burdgess led Norland to the Florida 6A final as a sophomore and to regional and district championships as a junior, when she averaged 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. She chose Pitt over Indiana, Memphis and Wake Forest.

Pitt opens its season against No. 10 Texas A&M in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic Sunday in Baton Rouge, La.

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