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Dec. 28, 2011

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PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s basketball team saw its three-game win streak stopped by cross-town rival Duquesne, 70-57, on Wednesday evening at the Petersen Events Center.

Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson paced all scorers with 16 points, including a 2-of-3 performance from behind the arc. Freshman Brianna Kiesel had 12 points, while sophomore Asia Logan added 11 for the Panthers (7-6). 

The Dukes (11-2) saw six players achieve double-digit status, led by Orsi Szecsi with 13 points.  

The contest opened neck-and-neck with neither team leading by more than five points over the first 15 minutes of play.

Pitt dropped three of its first five shots of the game, the last of that run on a layup from Leeza Burdgess to push the home team ahead, 9-8 with 16:06 on the clock. The Dukes answered with a 6-0 run – two 3-pointers - to take the lead at 14-9.

Pitt guard Marquel Davis tallied the next seven-straight as her runner in the paint tied the contest at 16-16 with 10:31 to go in the period.  The Panthers offense stalled as the squad missed its next seven shots and the Dukes took advantage, rolling out a 13-1 run to pull to a 29-17 lead.

A jumper from Kiesel ended a seven minute field goal drought with 3:21 remaining in the first half, but Duquesne drained two-consecutive buckets in the paint to make it 33-19. The Dukes carried the same advantage – 14 points – into the break.

In the second half, a triple from Anderson just in front of the Panthers bench closed the gap to 13 (47-34) with 14:44 remaining. The Dukes stopped any rally with nine unanswered points. Pitt tried to gain ground in the closing minutes, pulling to 11 in the final two minutes - but could get no closer.

Redshirt sophomore Leeza Burdgess had 10 rebounds for Pitt.

The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 31, hosting Lafayette at 1 p.m.

Game Notes 

  • Duquesne has won the last three meetings in the City Game series. Pitt holds a 19-11 edge in head-to-head showdowns. The margin of victory by the Dukes was the largest in the series, topping a 12-point (92-80) victory in 2003.  
  • Tonight’s contest was the 30th meeting of the series. The game also marked the annual Hometown vs. Hunger game. Fans who brought a nonperishable food item gained admission for $1.
  • Abby Dowd, Kyra Dunn, and Brianna Kiesel have started all 13 games this season. Additionally, Ashlee Anderson has earned a start in the last eight and Leeza Burgess made a start in the last five contests.
  • Leeza Burgess has grabbed seven or more rebounds in eight of 13 games. This is the eighth time she has paced the squad in that category.
  • Burdgess achieved double-digit rebounding status for the fifth time this season.
  • Ashlee Anderson connected on a season-high two 3-pointers.
  • Sophomore Asia Logan has come off the bench to score in double figures four times this season.
  • Freshman TiAnna Porter has scored in every game she has appeared in season. She had four points.
Pitt Women's Basketball Falls to Duquesne, 70-57

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