MOUNT ST. MARY'S (19-13) at DUQUESNE (19-12)
Friday, March 21, 2014, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa. | A.J. Palumbo Center
Postseason WNIT First Round
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount earned its first postseason bid since 1995 with its selection to the WNIT. The Mountaineers have had one of their best seasons in 25 years, one that included the program's first home playoff game since 2002 and first home playoff win since 1997. The Mount has won nine of its last 11 games entering the WNIT. A win over Duquesne would propel the Mount into the second round to face the winner of Michigan versus Stony Brook.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite holding the NEC's top scoring team to 68 points, the Mount could not get by third-seeded Saint Francis in a 68-63 defeat in the NEC Semifinals at home on March 12. Junior Jacqueline Brewer scored a team-best 16 points on the day, and senior Sydney Henderson chipped in with 13. Trailing by 16 points early in the second half, the Mount battled back and was down 64-63 with 20 seconds left but could not complete the comeback.
ABOUT DUQUESNE: The Dukes sprinted out to a fast start to the season and were 16-6 after a seven-game winning streak. Down the stretch, however, Duquesne went 3-6 in its last nine games and fell to Fordham in the Atlantic-10 Quarterfinals. Wumi Agunbiade leads three Duquesne players in double figures with 15.8 points, while Raegan Moore averages 14.2 and April Robinson goes for 10.8 points per night. The Dukes are 7-6 at home this season.
LAST TIME VS. DUQUESNE: In Head Coach Bryan Whitten's third year at the helm, the Mount was handed an 88-63 road loss at Duquesne on Nov. 18, 2009. Despite outrebounding the Dukes, 38-37, the Mount could not overcome 19 turnovers and trailed 45-28 at the half. The Mount's leading scorer on the day was Mary Dunn with 13 points.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DUQUESNE: The Mount won its first two games versus Duquesne in 1984 and 1996, but has lost three in a row to the Dukes. The Mount is 1-2 in road games in the series and 0-2 since Whitten's first season in 2007-08.
PRE- AND POSTSEASON WNIT: The Mount joins North Carolina A&T (MEAC), Quinnipiac (MAAC) and Stetson (Atlantic Sun) as the only teams to compete in the Preseason and Postseason WNIT this season.
POSTSEASON PLAY: The Mount is competing in postseason play beyond the NEC Tournament for the third time at the Division I level. The Mountaineers qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and 1995.
GOING FOR 20 WINS: The Mount could clinch its 18th season with 20 or more wins with a victory over Duquesne. The program's last 20-win season was during the 1999-00 campaign.