OLEAN, N.Y. – It wasn't a winter night inside the KOA Arena, but rather a hot and sunny weekend on the city's blacktop streets.
Regardless, the blue and gold went out and competed just the same.
Four members of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's basketball team – senior Ali Rinfrette (Bradford, Pa.), juniors Anna Colebert (Eldred, Pa.) and Jennifer Isenberg (Sheffield, Pa.) and freshman Bri Wells (Bradford, Pa.) – participated in the Gus Macker adult women's bracket.
The 3-on-3 streetball-style tournament was played on Delaware Avenue and North Barry Street, otherwise known as "Mackerville."
The Panthers got off to a hot start in the double-elimination tournament, claiming a win in the first game to advance in the winners bracket. A pull-up jumper from long range by Rinfrette sealed the victory for Pitt-Bradford.
Despite a strong shooting effort from Isenberg, a narrow one-point loss in the second round sent the Panthers to the losers bracket, still alive with a chance to advance to the finals.
Colebert knocked down a number of outside shots and Wells got to the rim with ease throughout game three to lead the Panthers and advance them to Sunday morning's action.
One game away from the semifinals, though, the Panthers fell in their fourth game.
Exiting the tournament with a pair of wins, the players saw a lot of positives in the way they played together.
"I thought we communicated really well out there," Isenberg said. "We talked a lot more than I was anticipating, and I think it was pretty strong for our first time playing together since last season."
The tournament served as the first time the four players have competed together, with Wells getting her first action as a Panther.
"It was great to be out here playing together, even before the school year starts," Rinfrette said. "It definitely makes us excited for November."
The Panthers will open up their 2017-18 season at the KOA Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 15 as they play host to Mansfield.
The weekend's event was the 10th Gus Macker in Olean. The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford was among the tournament's sponsors.