Dukes Host #11 Vanderbilt Monday Night
Jan. 1, 2003
Duquesne's Jan. 6 game vs. Vanderbilt is not just another game. It's against one of the nation's top women's basketball teams (#11 USA Today / #12 AP) and $1 from all tickets sold will be donated for cancer research as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
Pittsburgh's own Edna Campbell, a breast cancer survivor, will address the crowd at half time. The Allderdice graduate and University of Texas star, made a courageous come-back in the Sacramento Monarch's final game of the season this year after being place on the injured reserve list in March when she announced her illness.
The promotion has special meaning for Head Coach Dan Durkin, a cancer survivor as well. Diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October 2000, Coach Durkin had been cancer free since his surgery.
Campbell, who graduated from Texas in 1991, played with the Colorado Xplosion of the ABL from 1996-99 where she averaged 14.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.6 apg in three seasons before the league folded. She joined the WNBA in 1999 and played with the Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm before joining the Monarchs in 2001. Through three seasons and the one game in 2002, Campbell has averaged 9.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals in the WNBA. Edna, who was a member of the gold medal-winning 1998 USA World Championship Team, has also played in Brazil, Poland and Italy. Campbell founded the Young Parents Foundation which helps young parents adapt to parenthood.
Come out, watch some great basketball and help Duquesne, the community and American Cancer Society fight cancer.
The Dukes, who are 7-3 on the season, will face Atlantic 10 conference foe La Salle (7-3) in Philadelphia at the Tom Gola Arena Friday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m. before taking on the 8-2 Commodores. (Vanderbilt has two games before Monday's matchup; they'll travel to Louisville on Thursday and host Holy Cross on Saturday before heading to the 'burgh.)
Game time on Monday is 7:05 p.m. at the Palumbo Center on Duquesne's campus. For those unable to attend, the game can be heard over the internet at RedZoneMedia.com with play-by-play by Alex Panormios and color by Tad Maurey.
Photo: Courtesy of the Sacramento Monarchs Basketball Club.