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Pitt Cannot Sustain No. 7/6 Duke




Dec. 4, 2011

Box Score

DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Brianna Kiesel had 12 points and classmate Cora McManus posted 12 rebounds, but it was not enough as Pitt dropped a 92-43 contest at No. 6/7 Duke on Sunday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils (6-1) had seven players in double figures, led by a triple double from Chelsea Gray (14 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists). Tricia Liston registered 19 points, which included five 3-pointers.

Pitt (4-4) shot 23.7 percent from the field, taking 13 less than shots than Duke. The Blue Devils scored 36 of their points off of turnovers to build a comfortable 49-22 halftime lead.

Duke jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the contest before a 3-pointer from Kiesel put the Panthers on the scoreboard at the 18:41 mark.

The Blue Devils rolled out the next 11 points of the game to move ahead, 17-3 on a fast break layup by Gray. A basket from sophomore Kyra Dunn cut the deficit to 12 (17-5), but Pitt could gain no ground on Duke. The Panthers were held without a field goal the last eight minutes of the half and shot 24 percent in the half.

"They got us right out of the box," head coach Agnus Berenato said. "Right from the get-go. They jumped on us, and before you knew it, it was 24-8 in a flash."

McManus added nine points, also a career-best, in just her third game back from injury. Dowd had nine points, which included three 3-pointers.

The Panthers open Big East play on Wednesday, Dec. 7, hosting Georgetown at 7 p.m.