Dec. 29, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Vanessa Abel scored 17 points to lead a balanced offense and Duquesne upset No. 20 Pittsburgh 72-63 on Tuesday.

Alex Gensler added 14 points, Samantha Pollino and Keri Pryor 13 apiece and Diana Voynova 10 points and 10 rebounds for Duquesne (10-4).

The Dukes, who have won four of five, took the lead for good midway through the first half. They closed the half on a 19-9 run and used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to put the game away for their first victory against a ranked opponent since Jan. 8, 1994.

The Dukes led by 18 with 3:45 to play, but the Panthers answered with a 14-2 run to cut the margin to six with 1:07 left. But they could get no closer.

Taneisha Harrison led Pitt (10-2) with 17 points. Shayla Scott added 16 points and Chelsea Cole had a game-high 21 rebounds for the Panthers, who had a 13-game home winning streak snapped.

The Dukes improved to 10-30 against Big East teams, including 9-19 against the crosstown-rival Panthers. Pitt had won the previous four meetings.

The Panthers, who shot only 31.6 percent from the field, had won 23 of their past 24 at home and hadn't lost a non-conference home game since Dec. 9, 2004, against Penn State.

Pitt made only six of 15 free throws and committed 21 turnovers.