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Duquesne WBB’s Season Ends In Closing Seconds



Wilmington, Del. — The Duquesne Dukes fell in an Atlantic 10 Championship second-round sport by a 71-68 rating to George Washington Thursday night at Chase Fieldhouse after Mia Lakstigala’s game-winning three-point shot within the sport’s closing seconds.

“I’m extremely pleased with the workforce that I used to be lucky sufficient to educate this yr,” Duquesne coach Dan Burt stated. “They’re an unbelievable group of girls which can be the definition of student-athlete. When our program had hit some depths two years in the past, we struggled by means of it collectively. This yr was a turning level and to win 19 video games we actually introduced again what Duquesne basketball has been. What occurred at this time doesn’t take any luster away from what we now have achieved and you may positive as heck wager that we’re going to enter the switch portal and discover a couple extra gamers which can be going to assist us get again right here and get deeper.”

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Duquesne’s (19-12/8-8 A-10) Megan McConnell posted 17 factors and set this system’s all-time mark for rebounds in a single season with a second-quarter board. McConnell added eight rebounds and eight assists to her postgame resume.

“It’s incredible however it doesn’t put any salve on the wound of shedding,” stated Burt concerning the milestone. “Meg doesn’t give a crap about any statistic and whenever you take a look at what she did tonight, I believe she’s the very best level guard on the league and greatest on-ball defender too. Sooner or later when she will get older, she’ll be capable of be completely satisfied about it, however proper now, it’s not quite a lot of enjoyable.”

Ayanna Townsend additionally obtained into the act along with her 14 factors and Treasured Johnson 12 pts. The Dukes shot 49% from the sector.

Wednesday Duquesne, particularly coach Dan Burt was very vocal reminding anybody who would pay attention about his squad’s 1-for-29 mark from three-point vary within the common season assembly between these two applications and the Dukes would join on their first two three-point pictures.

It was an offensively oriented half with Duquesne connecting six occasions from deep and firing at a 46.2% mark from the sector. To not be outdone, GW buried 4 triples, three of which got here from Lakstigala and the Colonials shot 46.7% through the 20 minutes.

GW led for a lot of the opening quarter, although Duquesne was in a position to set up connection between Townsend and Treasured Johnson. Townsend was in a position to submit up, with Johnson advancing the ball inside resulting in an and-one taking part in and one other high-percentage layup.

Duquesne briefly led within the closing stretches of the primary quarter following a Townsend free throw, however GW’s Asjah Inniss charged the lane, ending with a proper hand layup, permitting her workforce to steer 20-19 after one interval.

Within the second quarter, GW fed off that rating, happening a 9-0 run as Duquesne had to return to the drafting board.

The Dukes did simply that as Tess Myers related on her first three-point basket of the night after which McConnell referred to as her personal quantity, first grabbing a rebound after which replicating Myer’s feat, separating the workforce by a pair of factors.

Behind Lakstigala, GW stretched its benefit to 6 factors, however that lead was reduce in half, 36-33.

Down 5, Amaya Hamilton offered Duquesne with a carry, to the tune of an and-one bounce shot. On the Dukes subsequent time down the court docket, she transformed a reverse layup tying the competition.

After both sides traded three-point baskets, GW used a key 10-1 run to create separation. Lauren Wasylson would give the Dukes some momentum with a three-point basket, however the Colonials remained in entrance by 9 factors.

It turned out that Wasylson’s basket, was the gasoline Duquesne wanted because the workforce used a 13-2 run to get again accountable for the sport.

Duquesne discovered well timed capturing as McConnell transformed an and-one play, Wasylson nailed one other triple and McConnell discovered Johnson on the run.

“I favored that we saved on preventing,” Wasylson said. “Each sport you’re going to face adversity and we did, we hit a wall a few occasions, however we by no means gave up. We caught by means of all of it collectively and (Lakstigala) made a superb play on the finish. You may’t ask for something extra.”

Each groups then hit offensive lulls, although Hamilton sank a free throw to tie the sport.

Duquesne would escape of its funk first as McConnell twice discovered Townsend on the identical play, giving the Dukes a bonus.

The Dukes maintained the benefit with lower than a minute left, when Lok related for a layup. When Duquesne got here up empty its subsequent time down the court docket, GW missed a shot, however Taiwo grabbed the workforce’s fifteenth offensive rebound, permitting Lakstigala to take and make the game-winning three-pointer.

She’’s an elite-level athlete and I don’t throw that world round very a lot,” stated Burt. “The ball was in PJ (Johnson’s) palms simply very gingerly and attending to nestle into Treasured’s palms and that younger woman appeared like she was on a pogo stick and simply jumped utterly over her, spun the ball out and (Lakstigala) hit a very massive shot. It was an important basketball sport, we performed a superb sport, they performed somewhat higher.”

Myers’s potential game-tying three-point shot was blocked by Taiwo as GW dribbled out the closing seconds to safe victory.

Although Duquesne’s season now involves an finish, Wasylson is trying ahead to subsequent season and supplied a promise of types.

“Subsequent yr goes to be scary,” she said. “Now we have all people returning, so you may wager that we’ll be again right here and we’ll be up for the problem.”


Historical past: Duquesne, Pitt Attain 20 Wins in Identical Season for Simply Second Time Ever



PITTSBURGH — For simply the second time within the historical past of the packages,, each Pitt and Duquesne have reached 20 wins in the identical season.

The final, and solely different time that the 2 packages each received 20 video games was in 2008-09, when Pitt completed 31-5 and Duquesne went 21-13. Jamie Dixon was main the Panthers and Ron Everhart was in yr three main Duquesne on the time.

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The Duquesne program has received 20+ video games 15 instances in its historical past, whereas Pitt has surpassed 20 wins 23 instances.

Duquesne, led by Jimmy Clark III, David Dixon, and firm, took down UMass on Wednesday evening by a rating of 88-79 to enhance to 20-10 on the yr. Pitt fell to Notre Dame, 88-81, dropping its document to 21-9 on the yr.

The Dukes win over UMass locked of their first 20-win season since 2019-20. Pitt, however, has not received 20 video games for the reason that 2015-16 season, the final of the Dixon period. Duquesne is at the moment sitting at 10-7 in league play, good for fifth place within the Atlantic 10. Pitt, at 14-5 within the ACC, is tied for first within the ACC with Miami and Virginia.

The Panthers will face off in opposition to the Hurricanes on Saturday in Coral Gables, Florida for the convention crown. Duquesne will wrap up its common season with a matchup in opposition to Fordham (23-6, 11-5 Atlantic 10) on Saturday.

Listed below are the years by which every program has received 20+ video games:


2022-23, 2015-16, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 1990-91, 1987-88, 1986-87, 1981-82, 1973-74, 1930-31, 1929-30, 1927-28


2022-23, 2019-20, 2008-09, 1980-81, 1971-72, 1970-71, 1968-69, 1961-62, 1954-55, 1953-54, 1952-53, 1951-52, 1949-50, 1946-47, 1939-40

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Fordham Loses to George Mason, Giving Duquesne Shot at Double-Bye in A-10 Match



Fordham misplaced to George Mason Wednesday night time on the street, 684-5, giving Duquesne a shot to earn a double-bye within the Atlantic 10 Match.

The Rams (23-7 general, 11-6 Atlantic 10) host the Dukes (20-10 general, 10-7 Atlantic 10) on Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill within the Bronx, N.Y. If the Dukes defeat the Rams on the street, they earn the No. 4 seed and a double-bye heading into the Atlantic 10 Match subsequent week on the Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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A win for Duquesne implies that they get the primary two days off within the convention match. They’d anticipate the winner of the No. 10 vs. No. 15 First Spherical recreation on Tuesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. to tackle the No. 5 seed within the Second Spherical on Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. The winner of that Second Spherical recreation would tackle Duquesne within the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

They misplaced to Fordham at residence, 65-58 on Jan. 21 of their first matchup of the season. Duquense solely made 5 assists as a crew and created 13 turnovers, resulting in an absence of offensive rhythm towards Fordham within the loss.

Duquesne enacted revenge on UMass Wednesday night time, successful 88-79 to earn their twentieth victory of the season, the primary time since 2018-19.

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Duquesne WBB Hangs On To Advance In A-10 Tourney



Wilmington, Del. — The Duquesne Ladies’s Basketball Group efficiently punched its ticket in to the Atlantic 10 Championship second spherical following a 58-57 victory over Loyola Chicago Wednesday afternoon at Chase Fieldhouse.

“It’s March Insanity, that’s the one means you possibly can describe it,” Duquesne coach Dan Burt stated. “We definitely are comfortable to maneuver on and to proceed our season. The perfect phrases which you could hear in March are ‘see you tomorrow’, so we’ll see you all tomorrow.”

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Treasured Johnson led Duquesne (19-11/8-8 Atlantic 10) together with her fourth double-double this season, giving herself a birthday current consisting of 14 factors and 13 rebounds. Each Amaya Hamilton in addition to Tess Myers added 12 factors, whereas Megan McConnell posted 11 factors and eight rebounds. McConnell is now 4 rebounds away from setting Duquesne’s single-season mark.

As a crew, Duquesne received the rebounding battle by a 42-30 rely.

Loyola Chicago (6-24/1-15 A-10) was paced by Sitori Tanin’s 20 factors and eight rebounds. Maya Chandler added 18 factors and a number of essential second-half baskets.

Duquesne opened this contest on a 12-4 run as McConnell overcame a deflected cross to bury an open three-point basket.

It was a banner capturing quarter for the Dukes, who shot 72.7% from the sector and assisted on six of their eight baskets.

The quarter ended with Myers efficiently touchdown a high-flying three-point shot via the underside of the online as Duquesne led 20-7 after the opening 10 minutes.

Although each groups skilled scoring droughts within the second interval, Duquesne briefly loved a 20-point benefit after McConnell buried a three-point basket after Naelle Bernard’s shot pretend drew consideration from a number of Ramblers.

Loyola would battle again to make the rating 35-21 after the primary half.

Following a quick peptalk, the Ramblers would come out for the second half 10 minutes prior and shoot in an effort to get out of the third-quarter funks which have plagued their crew.

The transfer paid dividends as Duquesne was held to seven factors within the quarter, its lowest output since Nov. 19 at Pitt.

Duquesne could be held with no three-point basket within the second half and after connecting on 9 assists in its first 11 pictures, it might be contained to 5 out of the final 14 baskets.

The benefit was reduce all the way down to 42-38 after three quarters.

Loyola Chicago shot 60% from the sector within the remaining quarter, however Duquesne was capable of cling on to the benefit, although the tip of the sport was much more suspenseful than it might have desired.

“We actually didn’t attempt to change something, as a result of all the things was going for us, and once we got here out, we got here out tremendous flat,” McConnell matter-of-factly acknowledged. “There was no power they usually had been enjoying exhausting.”

Main by one level inside the ultimate minute, the Ramblers used their foul to offer, after which Duquesne efficiently inbounded the ball to an unguarded Hamilton who determined to go up for the layup, however she didn’t stick the end.

As a substitute Loyola Chicago had one final likelihood for the win, which noticed Kira Chivers try a shot in visitors, but it surely fell off the mark, permitting Duquesne to advance.

“There was an terrible lot of ‘ahh bullpucky’ and bullpucky was not the phrase I used to be utilizing,” stated Burt. “We didn’t execute. We truly the play we missed the layup on, we executed it completely however we didn’t end the shot. We’ll wash it off as quickly as we strolling outdoors of the locker room.”

Duquesne now advances to face George Washington Thursday at 5 p.m. in second-round motion.

“I feel we acquired a bit too comfy as a result of we had that lead,” Johnson stated. “You’ll be able to’t get comfy it’s March Insanity. We simply have to offer all of it we’ve acquired subsequent recreation.”


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