WBB Releases 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule
Aug. 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH - First-year head coach Dan Burt has released the 2013-14 Duquesne women's basketball non-conference schedule today. The 13-game slate will feature an appearance in the Maggie Dixon Classic, a neutral site game against a Final Four team as well as the yearly games against local rivalries.
"As a program, we have always followed the idea that our non-conference schedule prepares us for the Atlantic 10 season, and the conference schedule gets us ready for postseason play, and this year's schedule fits that philosophy very well," said Burt. "We're going to see a variety of different styles of play during the non-conference season and we're going to be playing in some unique environments that may take us out of our comfort zone. "
The 2013-14 season will open up in Chicago, Ill. for the Maggie Dixon Classic Nov. 9th and 10th. The Dukes will play two of three teams - Cal Poly, Harvard and host DePaul. Cal Poly is the defending Big West Tournament Champion and was an automatic selection to the NCAA Championship. The Mustangs, who are coming off a 21-win season, return Big West Conference Player of the year, 6-5 forward Molly Schlemer ( 13.3 ppg). Harvard is also coming off a 21-win season and made it into the WNIT, falling to eventual champion Drexel in the second round. The Crimson return senior guard Christine Clark (15.7 ppg), who was a First-Team All-Ivy League selection. DePaul, who was selected as an at-large bid at the NCAA Championship, also is coming off a 21-win season. The Blue Demons return junior guard Brittany Hrynko (16.3 ppg), who was a Big East First-Team All-Conference selection as well as the league's Most Improved Player.
Duquesne will visit Kent State on Nov. 14th. The Dukes and the Golden Flashes last met in the first round of the 2011 WNIT, a 64-56 Dukes victory. Kent State is coming off a 3-27 rebuilding year.
The 2013-14 home opener will be Nov. 17th against Green Bay. The Phoenix, who have won 15 straight Horizon League regular season titles and have appeared in the postseason in 16 straight seasons (13 NCAA /3 WNIT). They graduated their top four scorers from last year's 29-3 team.
The Dukes remain at home for a Nov. 20th meeting with Buffalo. Duquesne has won three straight games over the Bulls, who were 12-20 last year, including a 78-52 win last season.
Duquesne heads to Morehead State on Nov. 24th. The Dukes are a perfect 3-0 all-time against the Eagles. MSU returns leading scorer and Ohio Valley Second-Team All-Conference selection Terrice Robinson (17.5 ppg) from last year's 9-21 team.
The roadtrip continues on Nov. 26th at Miami University. The Dukes and RedHawks have met each of the last three seasons, with Duquesne winning two and Miami one - last year's 54-49 victory at the Palumbo Center. The RedHawks, who were WNIT participants last season, have lost over half of their scoring due to graduation.
Dec. 1st marks a special neutral site game in Toronto, Ontario against Notre Dame. Duquesne's four Canadian student-athletes - seniors Wumi Agunbiade and Oditte Odisho, junior Jose-Ann Johnson and freshman Brianna Thomas will get to play in front of a "home" crowd at Ryerson University. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 31-2 season and an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. UND returns Big East Rookie of the Year Jewell Loyd (12.5 ppg). This marks the first time Duquesne and Notre Dame have played since both teams were in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1993.
Duquesne returns home on Dec. 5th to host Providence. The Friars return junior guard Tori Rule (13.7 ppg) from last season's 7-23 team. This will be the first-ever game between the two schools.
On Dec. 8th, Duquesne will travel up Route 22 to Loretto, Pa. to take on Saint Francis. This game will mark the 30th all-time meeting between the Dukes and Red Flash in a series that dates back to 1974. Last season, Duquesne had its largest margin of victory over SFU - 31 points - in a 69-38 win at the Palumbo Center. Saint Francis returns senior forward Alli Williams (17.0 ppg) who was a First-Team All-Northeast Conference selection and named the NEC Player of the Year by College Sports Madness. The Red Flash were 17-16 last season and played in the Women's Basketball Invitational.
Cross-town rival Robert Morris comes to the Palumbo Center on Dec. 18th. The Dukes and Colonials meet for the 44th time in a series that also dates back to 1974. RMU, coming off a 7-20 season, returns NEC Player of the Year senior forward Atremis Spanou (19.1 ppg) who led the NCAA with 15.6 rebounds per game and was tied for second in the country with 26 double-doubles. Sophomore guard Ashley Ravelli (10.4 ppg) was the NEC Rookie of the Year.
Duquesne will host longtime rival West Virginia on Dec. 21st. The Dukes look to win their third straight game over the Mountaineers. Last season, Duquesne defeated WVU, then ranked #20, 62-54 at the WVU Coliseum. Two years ago, the Dukes overcame a 17-point second half deficit to win 61-55. West Virginia is coming off a 17-14 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers return leading scorer and First-Team Big XII selection senior guard Christal Caldwell (13.1 ppg).
The non-conference season ends with the annual City Game on Dec. 29th at the Petersen Events Center. Duquesne has dominated the series recently, winning the last four matchups. The Panthers are coming off a 9-21 season and lost the season's final 16 games.
"This is a challenging schedule for us as 7 of the 13 teams we are playing were in the postseason last year, with Notre Dame coming off an NCAA Final Four appearance," added Burt. "We look forward to the start of practice and the beginning of a new season with high expectations."
The Atlantic 10 schedule will be released in early September. Additional game times will be added as they become available. Season and group tickets are now on sale. Call 412-232-DUKE or go to www.GoDuquesne.com. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.