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#DuqWBB Advances to A-10 Quarterfinals After 61-53 Victory Over Rhode Island
Olivia Bresnahan was 6-of-7 from the line
 
Olivia Bresnahan was 6-of-7 from the line
 

March 6, 2014

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RICHMOND - The #6 seed Duquesne women's basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship after a 61-53 victory over #11 seed Rhode Island on Thursday night at the Richmond Coliseum. With the victory, the Dukes improve to 19-11 overall. The Rams' season ends at 7-23.

April Robinson led all scorers with 13 points. Raegan Moore and Olivia Bresnahan each scored 12 for the Dukes. Moore added a career-high nine rebounds and Orsi Szecsi also pulled down nine boards. Jose-Ann Johnson recorded four blocks. Bresnahan and Robinson each had career-highs with six steals.

URI was led by Syndey Lewis with 11 points. Tati Johnson scored 10 points off the bench.

The Rams came out of the gates making four of their first five shots, taking an early 8-4 lead heading into the 16-minute media timeout in the 1st half. The Dukes tied the score at 10-10 on a pair of Belma Nurkic foul shots with 13:56 remaining. However, URI would build a 7-point lead at the 10:33 mark, their largest of the game.

Duquesne would take its first lead of the contest on a Bresnahan layup that made the score 29-27 with 1:03 remaining until halftime. Oditte Odisho would follow with an acrobatic layup with 31 seconds to play to close out the 1st half scoring and capping a 10-0 run, making the score 31-27.

The Dukes extended their lead to seven points on a 3-pointer by Robinson at 16:38 and took their first double-digit lead on a Szecsi put back that made the score 48-38 at 11:46. Slowly, Rhode Island would chip away at the lead and Samantha Tabakman's layup made it a one-possession game at 52-49 with 3:16 remaining. But the Dukes' defense would only allow a pair of URI field goals the rest of the way.

"Although we were not as effective shooting the ball tonight as I hoped, we found a way to attack the rim and were 11-for-13 from the free throw line, Liv [Bresnahan] was 6-of-7 and those were big, big points," said head coach Dan Burt.

"On a night where our offense stalled - and to Rhode Island's credit, they mucked things up inside - we found a way to win. They are well-coached and their defense forced us to take shots that didn't fall," said Burt.

Duquesne finished 22-of-60 from the floor, 36.7 percent.

The Dukes will face #3 seed Fordham Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Duquesne swept the season series from the Rams - 65-61 in the Bronx on Jan. 8th and 60-51 at the Palumbo Center on Feb. 22nd.

The winner of that quarterfinal game will face the winner of #2 St. Bonaventure and #7 La Salle on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

GAME NOTES

  • Duquesne improves to 18-11 all-time in the tournament's opening round

  • The Dukes extend its winning streak to eight straight over Rhode Island dating back to Feb. 27, 2008

  • The last time Duquesne played the same opponent three times in one season was in 2003 against George Washington

  • The Dukes played the Colonials four times in the calendar year 1992 - twice in conference play, once in the A-10 Championship and once at the beginning of the 1992-93 season in GW's tournament when Duquesne was a member of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference

  • The last time Duquesne defeated an opponent three times in one season was 1992 against Massachusetts

  • Coach Burt is only the second coach in program history to win his/her first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship game

    Rhode Island vs. Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    GMU Rhode Island (7-23)
    27
    26
    53
    GMU Duquesne (19-11)
    31
    30
    61

     

     

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