PITTSBURGH — Pitt women’s basketball coach Lance White got his first taste of the City Game and his impression certainly has to be a good one.
For the first time since Dec. 29, 2013, and second time in the past 10 meetings Pitt defeated Duquesne, Saturday at the Palumbo Center.
Thee 66-58 win was Pitt’s first victory at the Palumbo Center since 2008.
Pitt junior guard Jasmine Whitney led all scorers with 23 points while teammate senior guard Cassidy Walsh added 14 points.
Duquesne was paced by senior guard Chassidy Omogrosso’s 17 points and fellow senior guard Julijana Vojinovic was just behind her at 15 points.
Pitt scored the first nine points in this game but it was Duquesne which led after the first quarter when Omogrosso beat the buzzer on an outlet pass from Libby Bazelak.
At halftime, Pitt led Duquesne by a 28-26 score.
After Pitt scored a quick basket to open the third quarter, Duquesne responded, going on an 11-1 run which included two three-point makes from Omogrosso.
Duquesne would lead by as many as nine points in the third quarter but Pitt came charging back led by Walsh and some timely rebounds.
In the fourth quarter, Walsh picked up where she left off making timely shots, with her two three point shots putting Pitt up by six points.
Duquesne shot 19% from the field in the fourth quarter.
Duquesne will conclude its non-conference schedule Jan. 2 with a home tilt against Temple, while Pitt will commence ACC play at defending NCAA Tournament champion Notre Dame Jan. 3.
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