Dukes Conclude Exhibition Season Saturday

The Duquesne men's and womens' basketball teams host Clarion and Seton Hill in an exhibition doubleheader Saturday at Palumbo Center. It is the final tune-up for both teams which open the regular season on Nov. 14.

Second-year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio's women's team, coming off a 91-44 win over Team Essence in its exhibition opener last Saturday, hosts Division II Clarion at 2:30 p.m.

The Golden Eagles return two starters from last year's 18-9 third place PSAC-West team. Senior Katrina Greer, who averaged 14.5 ppg. in earning first team all-PSAC-West honors last season, returns as a starting guard and 6-1 junior Sara Pratt who averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in '08 is back at starting forward.

Clarion is led by 2007-08 PSAC-West Coach of the Year Gie Parsons who is beginning her 20th season.

The Duquesne men, 93-71 winners over St. Vincent last Saturday, host Seton Hill in the second game of the doubleheader at 5:00 p.m.

The Griffins, who opened their exhibition season with a 102-51 loss at No. 5 (AP) Pittsburgh on Sunday, return three starters from a team that finished last year with wins in 11 of their last 17 games.

Second team All-WVIAC senior point guard Jordan Thomas (15.5 ppg., 4.3 apg.) joins fellow senior Emmanuel Jackson (14.3 ppg., 4.0 apg.) in the Griffins backcourt. The 6-2 Jackson, who scored 28 and 26 points in Seton Hill's final two games last season, did not play in the Pitt game. He is expected to be back on Saturday.

This is the first year Seton Hill will compete as a full-fledged member of the NCAA Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Last season, the Griffins competed in the WVIAC as a provisional member.

Seton Hill is led by head coach Tony Morocco, who has compiled an 82-50 record in the program's five year existence. Morocco has coached four players who have gone on to play professionally in his five seasons at Seton Hill. Morocco, a native of Trafford, Pa., has been an assistant at a number of D-I schools including Iowa, Long Beach State and UNLV.

Last year the Dukes defeated the Griffins 126-67 in an exhibition game at Palumbo Center.

The men's game will be broadcast live on the internet by "Voice of the Dukes" Ray Goss and color man George Von Benko. The audio stream will be available at www.redzonemedia.com.

Both the DU men and women tip off the 2008-09 season at home on Friday, Nov. 14. The women host Morehead State 6:00 p.m. followed by the men against High Point at 8:30 p.m.

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