The third time was a charm Friday night for Fordham.
In their third matchup this season with sixth-seeded Duquesne, the No. 3 seed Rams finally took down the Dukes, 45-41, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Richmond, Va.
Emily Tapio had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Abigail Corning also scored 12 to lead Fordham, which held a 24-19 lead at halftime.
Wumi Agunbiade was the only player in double figures for the Dukes (19-12) with 19 points.
"Anytime you get to conference tournament play, you know the game is going to become a defensive struggle," said coach Dan Burt. "We defended, but like the last three weeks, we have really struggled to score."
Fordham (23-7) moves on to face No. 2 seed St. Bonaventure in the semifinals at Richmond Coliseum.
■ St. Bonaventure 54, La Salle 42: Hannah Little's game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds lifted the Bonnies (23-9) past No. 7 La Salle (15-15).
■ Dayton 62, VCU 61: Ally Malott had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to help top-seeded Dayton (22-6) edge No. 8 VCU (22-9).
■ George Washington 82, Saint Joseph's 79: Jonquel Jones scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 4 seed George Washington (21-9) slipped past No. 5 Saint Joseph's (22-9) in overtime.