Duquesne women knock off Rhode Island to reach A-10 tournament quarterfinals

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April Robinson scored 13 points and Olivia Bresnahan and Raegan Moore added 12 apiece to help No. 6 seed Duquesne beat Rhode Island, 61-53, in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday night in Richmond, Va.

It was the Dukes’ second win against Rhode Island in six days. They also beat the 11th-seeded Rams, 54-51, Saturday in Rhode Island.

Bresnahan, a former Butler Area High School standout who became eligible for the Dukes in December after transferring from Florida State, also added five steals.

Duquesne (19-11) made just 22 of 60 shots from the field, but was 11 of 13 from the free-throw line and forced the Rams (7-23) into 21 turnovers.

“Although we were not as effective shooting the ball as I hoped, we found a way to attack the rim … and those were big, big points” said Dukes coach Dan Burt.

Duquesne advanced to take on No. 3 seed Fordham (22-7) at 7:30 p.m. today at Richmond Coliseum.

The Dukes swept Fordham in the regular season with a 60-51 victory Feb. 22 at Palumbo Center and a 65-61 win Jan. 8.

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