Behind Asia Logan's 12th career double-double and Brianna Kiesel's season-best scoring performance, Pitt women's basketball won the middle of its three games in the Duel in the Desert.
Logan posted 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kiesel poured in 25 points and the Panthers topped Louisiana-Monroe, 76-61, Friday afternoon at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Pitt (7-5) pulled ahead, 18-11, in the first 8:29, and never relinquished the lead, putting Louisiana-Monroe (4-7) behind by as many as 20 in the first half. Logan scored 14 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Logan made 9 of 15 shots (60 percent) from the floor and Kiesel sank 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) to lead the Panthers' shooting dominance. Pitt made 48.4 percent from the field and held the Warhawks to a 39.2 percent clip.
But shooting wasn't the only mismatch in a game that Pitt led 39-28 by halftime. The Panthers made all 10 of their free-throws and the Warhawks made 15 of 22 (68.2 percent). Pitt finished with a 36-22 scoring advantage in the paint, while also outscoring the Warhawks on the fastbreak, 16-7.
Ashleigh Simmons paced Louisiana-Monroe with 18 points.
Brittany Gordon registered a career-high eight assists and Loliya Briggs added 14 points for the Panthers, who conclude the Duel in the Desert today against Washington.