Page 7 Sidebar — March 15, 2018

Compiled weekly by Sports Editor Adam Lindner

WBB to WNIT:

— After a 71-65 defeat at the hands of the Saint Louis women’s basketball team in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament on March 2, it became almost certain that Duquesne had failed to do enough to garner an NCAA Tournament bid. However, the Dukes were selected to the WNIT on March 12, effectively extending the program’s streak of consecutive postseason appearances to 10. Last year, Duquesne fell in the WNIT’s first round to Drexel, 70-47.

— Duquesne will play Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on Thursday, March 15, in the tournament’s first round at 7 p.m. Duquesne Head Coach Dan Burt will be absent from the contest, as he was suspended by the A-10 for one game following comments that he made following his team’s loss to Saint Louis on March 2 that criticized the game’s officials.

— Miami, representing the Mid-American Conference, finished second in the conference’s East Division behind Buffalo during the regular season. Miami fell to eventual tournament champion Central Michigan in the MAC semifinals, eliminating itself from NCAA Tournament consideration. The winner of the Duquesne – Miami game will play the winner of the Delaware – Georgetown contest, which is scheduled for Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at Georgetown. Should Duquesne advance beyond its game against Miami, Burt would be eligible to return to the Duquesne sideline.

This Week in Sports History…

— On March 15, 1969, the Duquesne men’s basketball team defeated St. John’s in the NCAA Tournament East Regional 3rd Place Game, 75-72. Duquesne has appeared in the NCAAs twice since then — in 1971 and 1977 — but the win in 1969 remains Duquesne’s most recent NCAA Tournament win to date.

— On March 19, 1981, the Buffalo Sabres scored nine goals in the second period of a game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs — a record for goals in a single period that still stands to this day. The Sabres beat Toronto 14-4 that night at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo.

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