Bragging rights to be settled on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Dukes look to win regular season championship
Dukes and Hawks tip at 2 p.m.
Dukes look for 14th straight victory
Duquesne to begin national coaching search immediately
Click here to email Coach McConnell-Serio.Women's Basketball Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh native Suzie McConnell-Serio, one of the most highly-decorated players in the history of women's basketball, owner of over 300 wins as a high school head coach and former WNBA Coach of the Year, is in her sixth season as head coach of the Duquesne women's basketball program.
AT DUQUESNE (2007-PRESENT)
In McConnell-Serio's second season, Duquesne recorded its first-ever 20-win season. During the 2008-09 year, Duquesne won six consecutive A-10 games and received its first-ever post-season berth when DU was selected to host a WNIT game. The Dukes' winning percentage of .625 was the best since 1998. Additionally, the 2009 squad set a then-program-high with 2,208 points scored and tied the school record with 487 assists. Kristi Little became the only A-10 player to win back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards. She was also named to the A-10 First-Team All-Conference and All-Defensive Team.
McConnell-Serio once again led the Dukes to a 20-win season and WNIT appearance in 2009-10. The Dukes finished tied for fourth in the A-10 with a record of 9-5 and became the first squad to achieve back-to-back winning seasons in conference since joining the league in 1983-84. Samantha Pollino was named to Second-Team All-Conference as well as to the All-Academic team, while Keri Pryor was picked to the Honorable Mention team. The Dukes also received votes in the AP national rankings for the first time since 2002.
Coming off a program-best 24-win season in 2010-11, Coach Serio led the Dukes to its third straight post-season appearance when they advanced to the third round of the WNIT. The season was highlighted with wins at #12 Ohio State and at Kansas. Additionally, Duquesne's 14 road wins was the most by any NCAA Division I team, while earning its highest-ever seed for the Atlantic 10 Championship - third. Individually, four Dukes were named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams, including the A-10 Rookie of the Year Wumi Agunbiade.
In 2011-12 Duquesne recorded its fourth consecutive 20-win season and Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance during the 2011-12 season. The Dukes finished 20-12 overall, 7-7 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. DUQ recorded a school record eight-game winning streak, one of which included a 61-55 win over NCAA Tournament participant West Virginia. This was the first victory over the Mountaineers since 1995. The senior class of Alex Gensler and Vanessa Abel finished as the winningest class is program history with 84 victories. Individually, three Dukes were named to the All-Conference team - Gensler and sophomore Wumi Agunbiade were named Atlantic 10 Second-Team All-Conference and junior Jocelyn Floyd was named to the All-Defensive Team.
WITH USA BASKETBALL
AS A HEAD COACH WITH THE MINNESOTA LYNX (2003-06)
AS A PLAYER WITH THE CLEVELAND ROCKERS (1998-2000)
AS A COACH AT OAKLAND CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (1991-2003)
AS A PLAYER AT PENN STATE (1985-88)
AS A PLAYER AT SETON-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL (1981-84)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Her brother Tom played two seasons at Davidson and was the head coach for Saint Francis, Pa. from 1992-99 and has been an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Marquette and Dayton as well as assistant women's coach at the University of Colorado with sister Kathy. He currently is an assistant women's coach at Old Dominion.
Her sister Kathy, who was her teammate on the 1984 PIAA Championship team, was the head coach at Tulsa (1999-05) and the University of Colorado (2006-10) before accepting her current position as an assistant coach with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. She was also an assistant coach at the University of Illinois (1996-99) and Rutgers (1994-95). Her first coach job out of college was at the University of Pittsburgh as a recruiting coordinator during the 1991 season. Kathy played in four NCAA Championships while at the University of Virginia.
Her brother Tim played at Waynesburg and has served as the boy's coach at Chartiers Valley since 1992 and has won over 80 percent of his games while earning his 400th career win in 2010.
Her sister Maureen played at the University of Pittsburgh and her nephew T.J. (Tim's son) was on the Duquesne men's basketball team for two seasons (2011 and 2012) before transferring to Arizona.