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Duquesne WBB Earns Commanding 69-38 Victory Over St. Bonaventure



The Duquesne Girls’s Basketball Crew led wire-to-wire, in besting St. Bonaventure 69-38 Wednesday night on the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Naelle Bernard led the way in which for Duquesne (12-5/2-2 Atlantic 10) together with her career-high 23 factors on 8-of-16 capturing. Her six three-point subject objectives matched a private finest. Amaya Hamilton earned her fourth double-double this season with 12 factors and 13 rebounds, the latter of which tied a profession finest.

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Megan McConnell earned her seventh double-double of the season together with her 12 factors and 10 rebounds. In the meantime, Valuable Johnson pulled 10 rebounds, good for the third time she has amassed a double-digit rebounding complete. Ayanna Townsend additionally received within the field rating together with her 12 factors.

Duquesne pulled down 56 rebounds as a workforce, besting its preseason season excessive by one board and with the 38 factors conceded, surrendered a season low.

St. Bonaventure (3-16/0-4 A-10) noticed Nadechka Laccen prepared the ground together with her 9 factors and 9 rebounds.

Duquesne received off to a quick begin opening on a 9-0 run, which prolonged to 14-3 earlier than St. Bonaventure known as a timeout.

Within the run, 4 starters grabbed a rebound and Bernard had eight factors, whereas the Bonnies have been flinging pictures on the basket early within the shot clock.

Duquesne was in a position to hold a quick tempo and possessed a excessive stage of vocality, whereas Townsend was in a position to set up a submit presence within the first quarter with six factors.

Defensively, Duquesne held St. Bonaventure to 5 first-quarter factors, the fewest conceded in a gap stanza this season and fourth time this season an opponent was held to a single-digit output to start with 10 minutes.

Duquesne’s 20-5 benefit, noticed the Dukes shoot 46.7% from the sector, whereas the Bonnies made two pictures from the sector.

It was a lower-scoring second quarter, with each groups struggling to get into an offensive rhythm. All instructed, Duquesne was nonetheless in a position to comprise a St. Bonaventure aspect which made 4 pictures in 34 the half, because the Dukes held the Bonnies to 11 first-half factors, a season low by an opponent.

Duquesne led 36-11 at half.

Reilly Sunday made an affect within the third quarter, passing to Tess Myers for a three-point basket after which on the following journey down, maintained her dribble, discovering Townsend in visitors for an and-one play.

Duquesne’s lead prolonged to 55-24 after three quarters.

Within the ultimate quarter, Duquesne flirted with holding St. Bonaventure to the bottom level complete allowed within the Dan Burt period, which was 33 factors, however some late baskets eradicated that chance.

Duquesne’s subsequent recreation is Saturday at Fordham, a 2 p.m. tip which will probably be carried by ESPN+.


Pitt’s Reece Heller Earns NCAA and ACC Wrestler of the Week Honors



Pitt redshirt junior Reece Heller acquired NCAA Wrestler of the Week and ACC Wrestler of the Week honors on Tuesday for his nice efficiency final Friday evening towards Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Heller pinned Hokies No. 7 first-year Hunter Bolen (15-4) at 4:32 within the second interval at 184 kilos. He earned 5 factors for his pin, with the referee deducting a degree for unsportsmanlike conduct after Heller’s celebration. The pin put the Panthers up 20-12 within the match and primarily sealed their victory, 26-12 over the No. 7 Hokies.  

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Heller is 15-3 total and 6-2 in duel meets in 2022-23. He transferred together with his brother, redshirt senior Holden Heller, from Hofstra within the offseason. He additionally received the Midlands Championships at 184 kilos on the finish of December, which additionally earned him ACC Wrestler of the Week honors.

Pitt is now 8-2 total and 2-0 in ACC play. The win over Virginia Tech, the primary in Blacksburg, Va. since 2004, put Pitt up within the newest ballot to No. 18 within the nation.

They tackle ACC foe, North Carolina, this Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. on the Petersen Occasions Middle for sole possession of first place within the convention. Pitt then faces off towards No. 3 Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Discipline Home for his or her highest ranked opponent they’ll wrestle towards this season.

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Pitt and Syracuse to Play at Yankee Stadium in 2023



As a substitute of a primary pitch, Yankee Stadium could have a gap kickoff this November.

Pitt will play Syracuse at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx on Nov. 11, 2023, to commemorate the a centesimal anniversary of the primary soccer recreation at Yankee Stadium — which was additionally performed by Pitt and Syracuse.

“We stay up for celebrating this important anniversary involving Pitt, Syracuse and the Yankees,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips stated within the launch. “That is an unimaginable milestone in school soccer and we admire the cooperation of our great companions to make this a particular alternative for our student-athletes, applications and followers. Yankee Stadium has a wealthy historical past of internet hosting school soccer video games and we’re proud so as to add this recreation to its custom.”

It will likely be Pitt’s fourth journey to Yankee Stadium for a soccer recreation, with the primary being a 3-0 loss to the Orange in 1923. The latest was Pitt’s Pinstripe Bowl look in opposition to Northwestern — a 31-24 loss — in 2016.

Pitt and Syracuse have met each season for the final 55 years, and with the brand new ACC scheduling format, the matchup will proceed for the foreseeable future.

Pitt has performed Syracuse 78 occasions in program historical past, courting again to a 30-0 inaugural win within the 1916 season. With a 43-32-3 all-time file in opposition to the Orange, Pitt has gotten the perfect of Syracuse of late.

A 19-9 win over a then-ranked Syracuse final November prolonged Pitt’s win streak to 5 video games. Pitt has received 18 of the final 21 video games performed courting again to 2002.

Each Pitt and Syracuse will enter the 2023 matchup with out their star quarterbacks as each Israel Abanikanda and Sean Tucker declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.

The remainder of Pitt’s schedule will probably be introduced tonight at 7 p.m. on the ACC Community.

Present recognized schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 2: Wofford

Saturday, Sept. 9: Cincinnati

Saturday, Sept. 16: West Virginia

Saturday, Oct. 28: Notre Dame

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Avonte Maddox Makes 9 Straight Tremendous Bowls with Pitt Illustration



Even throughout this system’s down years within the 2000s, Pitt soccer has been recognized to provide high quality NFL expertise. With many alumni happening to search out NFL success it shouldn’t come as an entire shock that this 12 months would be the ninth straight season that Pitt could have an alumnus within the Tremendous Bowl.

Avonte Maddox of the Philadelphia Eagles will go well with up towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in State Farm Stadium at Glendale, Arizona when the 2 convention winners meet in Tremendous Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST. This got here after the Eagles thrashing of the San Francisco 49ers this previous Sunday, 31-7.

Maddox appeared within the NFC Championship recreation after lacking the earlier three weeks attributable to a toe harm. He had three tackles within the recreation and wasn’t wanted an excessive amount of after the 49ers noticed accidents to 2 of their quarterbacks, with rookie starter Brock Purdy coming again into the sport out of necessity regardless of struggling an harm within the first quarter.

Whatever the 49ers being restricted passing smart within the NFC Championship, Maddox has been a key participant within the Eagles’ secondary since being drafted by them within the fourth spherical of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Earlier in his profession, the Eagles bounced him across the secondary earlier than making him their nickel nook final season. He’s since thrived in that function, being rated the No. 9 general cornerback within the NFL by ProFootballFocus final 12 months and will be argued as one of many recreation’s greatest slot cornerbacks at the moment.

Maddox was injured for a lot of this season and solely appeared in 9 common season video games, making eight begins. His affect has been felt in these video games as he’s compelled three fumbles, caught an interception, registered a sack and made 43 tackles this previous season.

And now he’ll have an opportunity to make an affect within the Tremendous Bowl, like so many different Pitt gamers have completed earlier than him.

The latest instance, in fact, is Los Angeles Rams star defensive sort out Aaron Donald, who received the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months by sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on the sport’s remaining play. Donald went up towards huge receiver Tyler Boyd in that recreation, additionally from Pitt.

Donald’s win although marked three consecutive seasons wherein a Pitt participant had been part of the NFL’s Tremendous Bowl profitable workforce, though the previous three seasons Pitt had at the least one participant on every workforce so a win, and a loss, was assured.

Of the earlier eight Tremendous Bowls at the least one Pitt participant has been on 5 of the profitable groups and 6 of the shedding groups with Pitt gamers going through off in three of these video games.

Together with Maddox this 12 months, there has now been 12 totally different Pitt gamers to have made, at the least, one of many final 9 Tremendous Bowls with three – Donald (2019, 2022), LeSean McCoy (2020, 2021) and Dion Lewis (2017, 2018) – showing in a number of Tremendous Bowls over that timeframe.

The total record of latest Pitt Tremendous Bowl individuals is discovered beneath with winners in daring:

2022 – Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati), Aaron Donald (Los Angeles)

2021 – Maurice Ffrench (Kansas Metropolis), LeSean McCoy (Tampa Bay), Jordan Whitehead (Tampa Bay)

2020 – LeSean McCoy (Kansas Metropolis), Ok’Waun Williams (San Francisco)

2019 – Aaron Donald (Los Angeles)

2018 – Nicholas Grigsby (Atlanta), Dion Lewis (Atlanta)

2017 – Jabaal Sheard (Denver), Dion Lewis (Denver)

2016 – Chas Alecxih (Seattle)

2015 – Darrell Revis (New England)

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