PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two seasons ago, Notre Dame routed Pittsburgh by 76 points at home when the teams were in the Big East.
They're both now in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and though the margin wasn't as vicious the second-ranked Irish still won with ease.
"Our goal each year will be to close the gap against a team that is this talented," Panthers coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said her team's 109-66 loss Thursday night. "Because we're not there yet, and we're not even close."
Brianna Kiesel scored 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting to lead the Panthers (9-9, 1-3). The junior guard made all eight of her free-throw attempts and converted was 2 for 3 on 3-pointers.
Marquel Davis added 10 points for Pitt.
"Hopefully our players will learn from this and know that that's when we put the time in the offseason so that we can compete with these teams," McConnell-Serio said.
McConnell-Serio, who was coaching at Duquesne when the Irish beat the Panthers 120-44 in the teams' last meeting, described Notre Dame's performance as a "clinic" as it shot over 60 percent from the field (40 of 66) and held Pitt to 37.1 percent.
Pitt couldn't stop Notre Dame's offense, no matter what McConnell-Serio tried in terms of man-to-man or zone defenses.
"You hope a team is not as good as they are on film," McConnell-Serio said. "This team was better against us tonight than I watched on film."