After failing to grab a lead for nearly 39 minutes, Pitt found itself with an opportunity to finally pull ahead of Washington.
Pitt trailed, 71-69, with 1:14 to play, but Brianna Kiesel's 3-point attempt rimmed out. Then Washington scored and Pitt missed another attempt that would have kept the score close. Cold shooting plagued Pitt yet again.
The Panthers missed their first 11 shots and finished just 34 percent from the field, bogging them down in a 76-69 loss Saturday afternoon at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, their final game of the Duel in the Desert.
Asia Logan scored a team-high 19 points for Pitt (7-6), which lost two of its three games in the tournament, while Kiesel chipped in 18 and Fred Potvin had 11.
But the Panthers had no answer for Washington's Jazmine Davis, who made 8 of 16 shots from the field and sank 11 of 12 free throws en route to 30 points.
Davis combined with Kelsey Plum to hit seven 3-pointers in the first half, which finished with Washington ahead, 33-28.
Plum finished with 19 points and five 3-pointers. The Huskies (6-4) shot 50 percent in the second to boost their final mark to 41.9 percent.
Other district games
■ Robert Morris 76, Cornell 63: Kelly Hartwell scored 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench, helping host Robert Morris (4-6) snap a five-game losing skid with a win against Cornell (5-5).
■ West Virginia 88, Duquesne 80: Asya Bussie posted 17 points and 11 rebounds and Averee Fields chipped in 15 points to lead visiting West Virginia (10-1) against Duquesne (8-4).