ACC WBB: Duke 70, Pitt 48

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
Orin Day, TSN via DWHoops.com
Orin Day, TSN via DWHoops.com

PITTSBURGH, PA. – The Duke Blue Devils are back to winning – regularly.

The Blue Devils extended their current win streak to four games with a 70-48 decision over the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Petersen Events Center on Thursday.

With the win, Duke moved to 16-6 overall and 5-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play.

Forward Azurá Stevens and guard Rebecca Greenwell paced Duke with 26 and 22 points respectively, with Stevens also pulling in nine rebounds.

Forward Oderah Chidom posted 12 points and seven boards as Duke shot over 50 percent from the field.

Breanna Wise finished with 17 points, including four three-pointers, and earned a double-double with 11 rebounds for Pitt while Aysia Bugg and Fred Potvin had nine points each for the Panthers (9-12, 1-7 ACC) in the loss.

Stevens and Chidom paced Duke in a back-and-forth first quarter that put the Blue Devils ahead by one.

The Panthers connected on six three-pointers by the midway point of the second with Potvin dropping three.

That gave Pitt a 25-24 advantage before Stevens regained the lead for Duke with five straight points.

A 10-0 run eventually helped Duke to 34-26 at halftime.

Wise continued to score from the perimeter for the Panthers while Stevens and Greenwell responded for Duke.

The Blue Devils pushed the lead into double figures and kept it there, leading 58-37 heading into the final quarter.

Stevens and Greenwell continued to add points during the final 10 minutes of play and carried Duke to the 22-point victory.

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Peter Koutroumpis is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and Bowling Green State University. Living in the Raleigh area, he has been involved and employed in organized sport and competition as a player, official, teacher, coach, administrator, and volunteer. With more than 20 years of experience in sport event management and programming, as Owner and Managing Editor of the Triangle Sports Network, a set of online sports news sites, he provides a variety of perspectives on the amateur and professional sports landscape including the NCAA, NHL, NBA, PGA, and LPGA, and more.