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Azurá Stevens
Stevens, Chidom Lead No. 17 Duke Past Pitt 62-45
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/29/2015
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DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Azurá Stevens and sophomore Oderah Chidom both posted double-doubles to lead a balanced scoring effort in Duke’s 62-45 victory over Pittsburgh Thursday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The 17th-ranked Blue Devils improved to 15-6 overall and 6-2 in ACC action with the win.

Stevens finished with a game-high 14 points and 12 rebounds while Chidom chipped in 10 points and 10 boards. The duo guided Duke to a 44-26 rebounding advantage for the contest.

"I loved to see Oderah (Chidom) out there rebounding and attacking like she did," said head coach Joanne P. McCallie. "She has a lot of gifts and a lot of things she can do on the floor, and it was just fun to see her get out there and attack. And also Azurá (Stevens) just being efficient. Not too many people can get a double-double like that. That speaks to Azurá’s talent."

The Blue Devils attacked the paint during the opening minutes, with Stevens notching four of the team’s first eight points. After the teams traded three-point baskets, Duke took off on an 8-0 run that put the squad up 19-8 eight minutes into the contest.

Redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell connected on a pair of treys in the latter part of the period, and the defense limited Pitt to four of their final 18 field goal attempts of to propel the Blue Devils to a 36-20 halftime advantage.

Stevens led all players with 11 points at the break while Chidom added a game-high seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Duke struggled with turnovers early in the second half, but continued to hold the Panthers under 25 percent shooting from the floor. Chidom scored six points early in the second half and senior Elizabeth Williams added seven to help the Blue Devils stretch the margin to 21 with 6:31 remaining.

Stevens secured her fourth double-double of the season and Chidom chimed in a short time later with the second of her career. Junior Mercedes Riggs hit her second trey in the closing minutes to keep the game out of reach for Pitt.

As a team, Duke shot 50 percent from the field and outscored the Panthers in the paint, 34-16. The squad also notched seven blocks, with Williams and sophomore Kendall Cooper recording three each. Williams finished the night with nine points and Greenwell registered 10 in addition to five rebounds.

Brianna Kiesel totaled 13 points and Fred Potvin 11 to pace Pitt offensively.

The Blue Devils welcome another ACC opponent to Cameron Monday, Feb. 2, taking on No. 8 Louisville at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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