Basketball preview: Duquesne women hope to close Palumbo Center with A-10 title
The Duquesne women already have a first this season, and they also hope to be the last, as in the last team standing in the last game at A.J. Palumbo Center.
For the first time in program history, the Dukes were picked to finish first in the Atlantic 10. And with the soon-to-be renovated and renamed Palumbo Center hosting the conference tournament, coach Dan Burt’s team aims to close the arena with an A-10 title.
Three players to watch
Chassidy Omogrosso: The senior guard from Blackhawk is a returning first-team all-conference selection. With 456 points -- she scored 571 last season -- she will become the Dukes’ No. 2 career scoring leader.
Kadri-Ann Lass: The 6-foot-3 native of Estonia gives the guard-heavy Dukes a low-post presence. Lass, a senior, scored 10.9 per game and was first team all-defense in the Atlantic 10 after averaging 2.94 blocks (12th in the country).
Laia Sole: A transfer from Maine, the 6-2 redshirt sophomore was the America East Six Woman of the Year in 2016-17. The native of Spain (9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds at Maine) figures to be a presence in the post.
Season will be a success if ...
... the guards do what they’re supposed to do. Omogrosso, Julijana Vojinovic and Conor Richardson (Carlynton) are the top group in the A-10, and they are backed by Amanda Kalin (Pine-Richland), Libby Bazelak and Nina Aho “any of who could start for just about any team in our league,” Burt said.
Season will be a flop if ...
... there are too many lapses on defense. Burt said the Dukes aren’t going to “out-size or out-athlete anyone,“so sound team defense is paramount. “I mean, we can score 100 points,” Richardson said, “but if the team we’re playing scores 101, we still lose.”
23-6, 15-1 A-10