2013-14 Women's Basketball Season Review
April 9, 2014
In his first season on the Bluff, first-year head coach Dan Burt guided the Duquesne women's basketball team to their sixth straight 20-win season, finishing with an overall mark of 20-13 and 10-6 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Duquesne is one of 21 teams in NCAA Division I that has won 20-or-more games each year since the 2009 season.
Additionally, Duquesne played in the post-season for the sixth straight season, capping the year with a 2nd Round appearance in the WNIT.
The team made program history on December 1, 2013 when they played their first-ever game outside the United States. The Dukes and #5 Notre Dame played a neutral site game at Ryerson University in the venue formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens in downtown Toronto. The contest sold out in a matter of hours.
The Dukes finished 10-6 in league play, marking the first time since joining the A-10 in 1983-84 Duquesne has had back-to-back 10-win seasons. The Dukes also set a team record with seven straight conference victories from Jan. 8 to Feb. 1, 2014. In the midst of the streak, Duquesne earned the program's 500th victory after a 59-47 win at Saint Louis on Jan. 11th. The winning steak culminated with Duquesne receiving three votes in the prestigious USA Today/Coaches Poll.
At the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship, the 6th seeded Dukes defeated Rhode Island 87-77 in the opening round before falling in a close-knit game to eventual champions Fordham 45-41 in the quarterfinal round.
Duquesne was invited to play in the WNIT, defeating Mount St. Mary's 62-52 in the 1st Round before a 68-52 loss at Michigan in the 2nd Round.
One of just five NCAA Division I 1st year head coaches to win 20 games, Burt was named a finalist for the 2014 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, which honors a WBCA Division I head coach who has led his or her team to a successful season during his or her first year at the helm.
Individually, Agunbiade capped her Hall of Fame career with 1,776 points, which was the 2nd best in program history. Additionally, she became the only player in program history to score over 1,700 points and pull down 900 rebounds.
Moore set school record with nine 3-pointers at Kent State in Duquesne's 94-63 win at Kent State on Nov. 14th. The nine 3-pointers also tied the A-10 record.
On Jan. 4th against VCU. Orsi Szecsi became 25th member of the 1,000 Point Club. She finished with 1,148 points which is 18th best all-time. Szecsi also recorded the school's first triple-double in almost 19 years with 16 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists at Morehead State on Nov. 24th.