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Duquesne WBB advances in WNIT

Pittsburgh, PA — Duquesne women’s basketball junior guard Chassidy Omogrosso scored a career-high 31 points in a 69-56 first round WNIT road win against Miami University (Ohio).

“I thought it was a complete team effort,” Duquesne assistant coach Matt Schmidt said in a phone interview. “Our team was determined and you could tell, especially in the second half, to get multiple stops and that is a testament to the team effort. I thought Rachel (Wojdowski) did a great job of switching to a zone in the second half and that really changed momentum for us. We got more efficient opportunities on offense because we got a lot more stops.”

Redshirt sophomore forward Paige Cannon added 14 points and six rebounds while junior guard Conor Richardson contributed 10 points. Omogrosso’s 31 points allowed her to pass Amadea Szamosi and Rachel Frederick for 15th in program history.

Duquesne meanwhile is now 24-7 overall on the season with the 24 victories tying for the second-highest total output.

When Duquesne last spoke following the Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinal loss to Saint Louis it was clear how disappointed and upset the team was, but those emotions were properly channeled into this game.

Schmidt cited college athletics in general and said the great thing about them is that there is another opportunity and in Duquesne’s case it was the opportunity to play again and get some sort of redemption.

“We had some good practices before the game,” said Schmidt. “Our kids have enjoyed this year and they do not want it to be over. I think we have a great bracket to advance through. We went into the game determined and do I think the Atlantic 10 loss had something to do with it? Yeah, it’s tough and we came out here even more determined this time and it was great to win on the road.”

Schmidt handled the postgame interview for this piece since the Atlantic 10 Conference suspended coach Dan Burt for this game citing remarks made about the officials in the quarterfinal loss to Saint Louis.

“I think we found out when everybody else did,” he said. “Really, nothing changed for us as a staff, we do everything together as a staff. Working at Duquesne is great because you get to coach. It was a lot of fun prepping our kids. It is a little different when you are the one standing up and making the ultimate decisions but everyone in Rachel, Cherie (Lea) and Frank (Ferraro) played a big role tonight.”

While Duquesne played Thursday night its next opponent, either Delaware or Georgetown will have a one day disadvantage. At this point of the season it comes down to scouting and personnel.

Duquesne has confirmed that it will travel regardless of the opponent and that Burt would be making the trip to coach. The game will either be played Sunday or Monday.

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