Women's Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule
Sept. 13, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne women's head basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio has announced the 2012-13 non-conference schedule.
The non-conference season includes home games in the Preseason WNIT, The City Game versus Pitt and WNIT Finalist James Madison. On the road, the Dukes will face cross-town rival Robert Morris, West Virginia and play in the Dartmouth Tournament with Villanova and Delaware.
The season begins on Nov. 9th at home in the Preseason WNIT versus defending Big South Conference champions Liberty. The Flames, who finished ranked #20 in the CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25, went 16-2 in Big South play, setting a new conference record for most league wins in a single season. Liberty fell to NCAA runner-up Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Championship. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Dukes are guaranteed at least two more opponents in the WNIT tournament. The dates of those games are Nov. 11th and Nov. 14th. If Duquesne wins all three games, they will play in the Preseason WNIT Finals held on Nov. 18th. All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools at their home facility.
Defending Great West Conference champion North Dakota comes to the Palumbo Center on Nov. 21st. UND finished 9-1 in the GWC and participated in the WBI. Last year, North Dakota defeated Duquesne 86-80. This is the first game of a triple-header. The Duquesne men are hosting the Legends Classic and will play Youngstown State at 7:00 p.m. before James Madison plays North Dakota State at 4:30 p.m.
Duquesne hits the road for a pair of games versus Mid-American Conference opponents - Nov. 25th at Ohio and Nov. 28th at Buffalo. The Dukes have won nine straight games against MAC opponents including 83-60 against the Bobcats and 90-46 against the Bulls last season.
On Dec. 2nd Duquesne visits cross-town rival Robert Morris. The Dukes and Colonials have played each other 17 of the last 18 seasons with the Dukes holding a 12-5 advantage including last season's 66-63 win. RMU played in the WBI last season.
Duquesne returns home on Dec. 5th to take on their second straight Northeast Conference opponent in Saint Francis. This game is the Second Annual Kid's Education Day and has an 11:00 a.m. tipoff. The Dukes were 74-70 winners against the Red Flash last season in Loretto.
The 31st Annual City Game against the University of Pittsburgh is on Dec. 8th at the Palumbo Center. The Dukes have won three straight games against the Panthers including last season's 70-57 victory at the Petersen Events Center.
On Dec. 16th it's Dukes versus Dukes when James Madison visits the Palumbo Center. JMU is coming off a 29-win season and made it to the finals of the WNIT. James Madison defeated Duquesne 56-49 last season.
Duquesne travels to West Virginia on Dec. 20th. The Dukes ended a 16-year draught against the Mountaineers with a 61-55 win last season. WVU, who finished tied for fourth in its final season in the Big East Conference, made it to the second round of the NCAA Championship last season. This marks the only the second-ever Big 12 opponent for the Dukes (Missouri).
On Dec. 29th and 30th Duquesne will play in the Blue Sky Classic hosted by Dartmouth. On the event's first day, the Dukes will play the host Big Green and will face either Villanova (WNIT 3rd Round) or defending Colonial Athletic Association champion and NCAA Tournament participant Delaware. The Blue Hens, who finished 31-2 and undefeated in CAA play, return First-Team All-American Elena Delle Donne who averaged a NCAA-leading 28.1 points per game.
The non-conference schedule closes out with a third opponent out of the MAC, Miami University on Jan. 5th at the Palumbo Center. Last season, the Dukes held off the Red Hawks 64-63.
The Atlantic 10 Conference schedule will be released at a later date.