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Duquesne tops Pitt for City Game win, 81-62



PITTSBURGH — The Pitt Women’s Basketball was down six points and gaining momentum, but did not want to accept a backcourt violation when Duquesne’s Nina Aho took matters into her own hands.

Aho beat a Pitt player to the ball and sitting down, found Amanda Kalin who scored in transition.

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Duquesne then extended its advantage to double digits and then on its next possession, Kalin scored and was fouled, firmly establishing momentum.

Playing its first game in Pittsburgh in 18 days, Duquesne defeated Pitt by an 81-62 score Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.

Freshman guard/forward Amaya Hamilton led Duquesne with 17 points, 14 of which came in the first half, while also adding five rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Nina Aho recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Junior Amanda Kalin added 16 points and redshirt senior Paige Cannon added nine rebounds.

Pitt freshman guard Dayshanette Harris set a career high with her 22 points and junior center Cara Judkins added eight points and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds. Junior guard Gabbie Green also scored seven points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.

Duquesne led 20-17 after a first quarter in which both teams were able to score at high shooting clips. Junior guard Libby Bazelak beat the buzzer with a mid-range floater that allowed for Duquesne to enter its sideline huddle with a brief smile.

What Duquesne was able to do in the first quarter was rotate the ball and use up the shot clock if needed to allow time for a higher percentage shot.

Duquesne was able to take a 40-28 halftime advantage and held Pitt to two bench points.

In the third quarter, Duquesne spread the ball around the floor and assisted on seven of its first eight baskets to open the frame. Duquesne was able to drain consecutive threes as Hamilton and Bazelak stretched the Dukes advantage to 20 points.

Pitt was able to chip away at the deficit but Duquesne’s lead stood at 62-47 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Duquesne was able to maintain its level of play winning the final 10 minutes. During this time, freshman center Precious Johnson came in and made two baskets, much to the delight of Duquesne’s bench.

This game was the first time Duquesne has eclipsed 80 points this season.

Duquesne will play Central Connecticut State Tuesday in a contest played at Oakland Catholic High School. Pitt will take to the road for the second time this season playing against Ohio and Ole Miss in the Daytona Beach Invitational on Friday and Saturday respectively.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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