No. 6 Blue Devils overwhelm Pitt women |

No. 6 Blue Devils overwhelm Pitt women

Karen Price

Jasmine Thomas’ 16 points led six players in double figures, and No. 6 Duke overpowered the Pitt women’s basketball team, 93-55, on Wednesday at Petersen Events Center.

The Blue Devils (5-0) extended a nine-point halftime lead to more than 20 with eight minutes to go and defeated the Panthers (2-2).

Taneisha Harrison led Pitt with 16 points and three assists. Brittaney Thomas had 12 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Shayla Scott added 10 points and six assists.

The Panthers led by three in the game’s first 10 minutes before the Blue Devils went on a 14-2 run. Pitt never got closer than six points after that.

“They’re worthy of their ranking and there’s a reason why they went to the Elite Eight last year,” Pitt coach Agnus Berenato said. “They’re big, strong, athletic, quick. I felt our first half we did a great job but in the second half they forced us into a lot of turnovers. We lost confidence then we turned the ball over.”

Duke outscored Pitt, 46-18 in the paint and 44-2 off the bench, outrebounded the Panthers, 40-23, and set a Petersen Events Center record for steals by an opponent with 16.

Berenato is 0-3 with Pitt and 6-42 coaching against Duke going back to her stint at Georgia Tech (1988-2003).

“It was just a great team game in terms of our attack and everyone being a part of it,” said Duke coach Joanne McCallie. “Pitt’s an excellent team and holding them to two points the last seven minutes was critical.”

Duquesne 91, Miami (Ohio) 65 — Freshman Wumi Agunbiade recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds — 11 offensive — to lead Duquesne over Miami (Ohio).

Junior Alex Gensler scored a career-high 23 points, and freshman Orsi Szecsi added 11 points.

The Dukes opened with an 12-0 run and shot 9 of 18 from 3-point range.

Hannah Robertson had a team-high 13 points for the RedHawks, who didn’t score until the 16:41 mark of the first half.

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