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Sims helps No. 20 Pitt beat Western Kentucky

Dec 23, 2009 - 1:58 AM BOWLING GREEN, Ky.(AP) -- Jania Sims scored 19 points and Brittaney Thomas added 18 to lead No. 20 Pittsburgh to a 76-60 win over Western Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Taneisha Harris had 15 points and Chelsea Cole added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers (10-1).

Dominique Duck led Western Kentucky (5-6) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Amy McNear was the only other Hilltopper in double figures as she added 10 points.

Sims' 3-pointer at the end of the first half gave the Panthers a 36-25 advantage and they coasted the rest of the way.

After shooting just 40 percent from the field (12-for-3) in the first half, Pittsburgh shot 50 percent (15-for-30) in the second.

The Hilltoppers went on a 13-6 run in the second half to the Panther lead to 4, but Pittsburgh responded with a 6-0 run to put the game out of reach.