Women's Basketball 2008-09 Schedule Finalized

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne women's basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio's Dukes will face five Atlantic 10 teams that saw the post-season in 2008 as part of their 2008-09 conference schedule released today.

Complete schedule (.pdf)


The A-10 slate begins with DU taking on a pair of teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. On Jan. 14 DU travels to two-time defending conference champion Xavier. The Musketeers are ranked No. 21 nationally by Athlon Magazine and they are the only team not in a "power conference" to be ranked. Duquesne returns home Jan. 18 against Temple. The Owls and Musketeers met in the Atlantic 10 Championship game last season.

Jan. 21 the Dukes will visit Dayton, a 2008 WNIT qualifier. Last January, the Dukes ended the Flyers 16-game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.

DU plays their fourth consecutive team that made the post-season in 2008 on Jan. 24 in the nation's capitol when they take on George Washington. The Colonials made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008 before falling to Rutgers.

Duquesne returns to the Palumbo Center for a three-game home stand beginning with the first game of the home-and-home series against St. Bonaventure Jan. 28. On Feb. 1, the Dukes take on Richmond before a Feb. 4 matchup against Saint Joseph's.

Three of the next four games are away from home beginning Feb. 7 when Duquesne visits Charlotte, a 2008 WNIT team. The Dukes come home Feb. 11 against Saint Louis before a Feb. 14 game at Massachusetts. DU and SBU will face each other again in Olean, N.Y. Feb. 18.

Fordham comes to the Palumbo Center on Feb. 21. The road schedule ends in Philadelphia when the Dukes face La Salle Mar. 25.

The regular season concludes with a basketball double-header at Palumbo Mar. 1. Both the women's and men's teams will face Rhode Island.

The top 12 conference finishers will qualify for the 2009 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship which will be held Mar. 6-9 at Charlotte's Halton Arena.

Duquesne will open the season Nov. 14 against Morehead State as part of a double-header with the men's team who faces High Point.

Overall, the Dukes will face eight opponents that made it to the post-season last year. In addition to the five A-10 teams, DU will play Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Robert Morris, who all made it to the NCAA Tournament last year.

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DUQUENSE 2008-09 SCHEDULE QUICK FACTS

  • The 14 Atlantic 10 Conference teams compete in one division. Each team faces one opponent twice and the other 12 once in a 14-game schedule. Duquesne's home-and-home opponent for the third straight year is St. Bonaventure.
  • DU's A-10 opponents had a 212-196 overall record in 2007-08
  • The Dukes could face up to five power conference teams in their non-conference schedule – Pittsburgh and West Virginia from the Big East, Dec. 3 and 7 respectively, Auburn from the SEC on Dec. 29, the possibility of playing Miami from the ACC in UM's Holiday Tournament on Jan. 30 and Missouri from the Big 12 on Jan. 3
  • Duquesne went 6-3 against non-conference opponents last season – defeating Binghamton, IPFW, Morehead State, Niagara, Robert Morris and Towson and falling to Pittsburgh, Saint Francis, Pa. and West Virginia
  • The double-header on Nov. 14 is part of the Duquesne's Hall of Fame Weekend


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