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Dec. 8, 2012

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PITTSBURGH – Sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 17 points and junior Asia Logan added 15, but it was not enough for Pitt as they dropped a 70-61 decision to Duquesne in women’s basketball action at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Saturday afternoon.

Logan collected 10 rebounds to post her third double-double of the season for the Panthers (6-3).

The contest marked the 31st between the city rivals and the fourth-straight captured by the Dukes (8-1). Pitt holds a 19-12 advantage all-time.

The Panthers jumped out the gate early, scoring the game’s first eight-straight points and 11 of the first 13. A three-pointer from Kiesel opened the run and another triple from the point guard closed the surge as Pitt took its largest lead at 11-2 with 17:10 showing.

The Dukes, who missed their first four shots of the game, took advantage of six Pitt turnovers and used a 16-2 scoring run to take a lead they would not relinquish. Wumi Agunbiade closed the four-minute span with a back-door lay-in to take a 19-13 lead. 

Redshirt freshman Lo Briggs dropped a three-pointer – the Panthers’ third of the half – to close the gap and Kiesel followed with two from the free throw stripe to pull Pitt to a point at 19-18 at the 10:23 mark.  

Duquesne used the 3-ball to create space as Agunbiade connected on her attempt on the next trip down the court.  She was one of four DU players to record at least one in the game.

After the Dukes built an eight-point edge, Pitt clawed back to make it a three-point game (35-32) at the break. Kiesel had 14 points and five of the Panthers’ 12 field goals at intermission.

A short jumper from Ashlee Anderson cut the deficit to 35-34 to start the second half, but the Dukes scored the game’s next five to continue to keep the Panthers at bay.

Pitt used a 6-2 scoring run to – again – attempt the come-back and made it 42-40 on a pair of free throws with 14:32 remaining.

Duquesne rallied with five-straight and Pitt guard Abby Dowd momentarily quieted the stream with a trey from the far side to make it a four-point game (47-43) at the midway point of the second period.

Belma Nurkic registered her fourth of five 3-pointers on the afternoon to deflate the Panthers’ short run. Pitt got to within three with 6:22 to go on a 5-footer from Kiesel, but could get no closer.  

Freshman Brittany Gordon matched a season/career-best with five assists.

The Panthers are idle this week for the exam period. Pitt returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 16, hosting Rider on Dec. 16. The contest marks the sixth annual Hometown vs. Hunger game.

Pitt Women's Basketball Drops 70-61 Decision to Duquesne

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