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The Dukes will play in the WNIT beginning on Thursday
The Dukes will play in the WNIT beginning on Thursday

March 19, 2013

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DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2013
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Pittsburgh, Pa.
ARENA: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
SERIES: Duquesne leads 4-1
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STREAMING VIDEO: Duquesne All-Access

The Last Meeting
December 14, 2011
A.J. Palumbo Center
Women's Basketball Holds Off Akron 77-70
Orsi Szecsi tied a career-high with 23 points as the Duquesne women's basketball team won its sixth straight game to improve to 8-1 after a 77-70 victory over Akron on Wednesday night.

2013 marks the fifth straight year Duquesne has participated in the WNIT. In 2009, the Dukes played its first-ever post-season game.

Coached by Jodi Kest in her seventh season at Akron (97-119) and 20th overall (323-272) ... 23-9 overall and 12-4 in the Mid-American Conference ... fell in the MAC Championship game to Central Michigan 86-68 ... averaging 75.7.6 points per game while giving up 67.0 points per game ... leading scorer is Rachel Tecca with 18.5 ppg. Leading rebounder is Sina King with 16.6 ppg and 9.1 rpg.

Thursday marks the sixth meeting between Duquesne and Akron
Series Record: Duquesne leads 4-1 in Pittsburgh: Duquesne leads 2-0 in Akron: Duquesne leads 2-1 in WNIT: First meeting

Orsi Szecsi tied a scored 23 points as the Duquesne women's basketball team won its sixth straight game to improve to 8-1 after a 77-70 victory over Akron on Dec. 14, 2011. Alex Gensler scored 13, Wumi Agunbiade 12 and Carly Vendemia added 10 off the bench for the Dukes.


The Dukes are 64-70 (.478) against teams from the Buckeye State. The only Division I team Duquesne has never faced is Wright State.

Duquesne is 20-16 and Coach Serio is 12-3 all-time against the teams in the MAC. The Dukes have wom 11 of its last 12 against MAC teams.

The Women's National Invitation Tournament Selection Committee is excited to announce the 64-team field for the 2013 Postseason WNIT. The WNIT enters its 16th season and has selected one of its most competitive fields in tournament history featuring 36 teams with 20 or more wins.

First-round action tips off on Wednesday, March 20 and concludes on Friday, March 22. Second-round games begin March 23-25, round three March 27-29, quarterfinals March 30-April 1, and semifinals April 3-4. The championship game will be played on Saturday, April 6 and will be televised live and in HD at 3 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. All games are hosted by participating schools.

This year's tournament features five teams from each of the Atlantic 10, Conference USA, and Mid-American and four from both the Big West and Southeastern. The Big Sky, Colonial, Missouri Valley, Sunbelt, and West Coast will all have three schools represented. Other conferences in the field include: America East (2), Big 10 (2), Mountain West (2), Pacific 12 (2), Southern (2), Atlantic Coast (1), Atlantic Sun (1), Big 12 (1), Big East (1), Big South (1), Horizon (1), Ivy (1), MAAC (1), MEAC (1), Northeastern (1), Ohio Valley (1), Patriot (1), Southland (1), Summit (1), SWAC (1), and WAC (1).

Tournament officials awarded an Automatic Qualifying berth to 29 conferences. This spot went to the team that finished the highest in the regular-season conference standings that did not advance to the NCAA Tournament. If there were ties, the WNIT abided by the conference tiebreaker. A team earns the AQ berth regardless of its overall record. A total of 35 teams were then given an At-Large berth; a team must have an overall record of .500 or better to be considered.

The Postseason WNIT is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports based in Fort Collins, Colo. TCS also organizes men's and women's college basketball tournaments in Cancun, and the Preseason WNIT. TCS manages over 300 amateur sporting events across the country in volleyball, fastpitch, baseball, and basketball. With 30 years of experience in the event business, TCS is nationally-recognized as a premier tournament organization.