Duquesne University Dukes
Duquesne has won eight of the last 10 meetings, but the teams have met only once in the last two seasons, with Pitt leading 21-16. Pitt prevailed last season, snapping a 4-game losing streak, and George Washington snapped a 2-year winning streak against the Blue Devils last year with a 24-17 victory.
The last time Duquesne was on the court, it was UNC Greensboro, where Tavian Dunn - Martin scored one team - won by 21 points. Marcus Weathers contributed 18 points for the Dukes, who were 17 points ahead on the way to the win. GW completed the 2020s by equaling the school record for most wins in a single season in program history, but in a way it won. Over the last two years, Duquene has his three best scorers, including Kadri Ann Lass, who finished her career with a career-best 22 points against the Blue Devils.
A.J. Hines left Duquesne after graduating as the sole leader in the fastest-passing categories with 1,826 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Indianapolis native always played the 4 in high school and will play the 2 or 3 for the Dukes. Duquesne will also introduce a new character and mascot for the home debut against St. Joseph's University on Saturday, September 9, at 7: 30 p.m.
The Dukes' nickname dates back to the 18th century, when what is now Duquesne University changed its name to honor the Catholic observance that gave the Pittsburgh area its current status as a Catholic university. Although the Marquis Duke is visually indistinguishable, the unofficial symbol of the school's sports teams has become a man with a top hat, tail and sash, raising his hands in the air, as the name "Duke" implies. The name Herzog was associated with this symbol and remained, although the dukes are recognized as "Marquis" rather than dukes.
Duquesne announced a new head coach for the U.S. women's basketball team, who was replaced by former U.S. women's basketball star and current coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Flyers relied on redshirt forward Nadjy Tyler for the rest of the quarter, who was fouled and made three of four free throws. Redshirt senior guard Jenna Giacone knocked in a three to give the Flyers a 17-12 lead to close out the first, with senior forward Alana Whalen and junior forward Kaitlin Miller leading the way, scoring 5 and 4 points respectively. But when the final seconds ticked off, the team's leading scorers, junior guard Katelyn McAlister and sophomore forward Megan O'Brien, suffered what appeared to be their last fouls and took the ball away from their teammates, both looking for their first points.
Jamison and Chase were the only students - athletes who saw action in the game and will remain on the team when the 2019-20 season ends. Bazelak, a 5-9 Jr. G, is the top returner with 7.4 ppg, leads the Dukes in assists and has started 31 of 32 games.
Last year's futility was put to rest with a victory in the first game of the season, a 76-71 victory over St. John's. After a top-class 2016-17 season, it wasn't exactly a good time to get the job.
Injuries generally piled up for the Dukes at the end of the year, and the team looked very different when they had to play in Colorado Springs in 2020. Let's see if they can make it 11-12 this year after being one of the upstarts in the league all season. As for the Necs, Duquesne is no slouch, with a 7-4 record in NAC and a 2-1 record in conference.
In 2013, women's volleyball won the Atlantic 10 regular season title, and women's lacrosse became a regular season champion in 2004 and 2005, and in 2008 and 2009 in the conference. The Dukes also won two Atlantic 10 Conference championships (2005 and 2013) and two NCAA titles (2013 and 2014). Duquesne's rowing team also won first place in the National Collegiate Women's Rowing Association in 2014 and 2015. Off to Ohio, which beat Pittsburgh last year with a 2-1 conference record for the first time in school history.
The Flyers were a cold 3-for-10 from the field, and the Dukes were just 4-of-11 from three-point range, the worst mark in the NCAA. However, they were able to catch up on offense by smashing the glass defense (96th in the NCAA) and getting to the free throw line at high speed (6th in the NCAA). Duke's turned the ball 14.5 times per game (29th), shot just 28.3 percent from beyond the arc (283rd in the NFL) and were intercepted, 3-10, by the Flyers on that field.
They've also allowed teams to shoot a blistering 55.6 percent from three-point range, the second-best in the NCAA. They force opponents to cough up the basketball, spin the ball 14.5 times per game (29th in NCAA) and shoot just 28.3 percent (283rd in NFL) from the field. Duke's came in with just 29.7 percent of the vote for their first loss of the season, their worst mark since the 2011-12 season.