Duquesne women rout Seton Hall in NCAA debut

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April Robinson, Emilie Gronas, Deva'Nyar Workman, and Chassidy Omogrosso celebrate. -- GETTY

STORRS, Conn. -- In the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the Duquesne women's basketball team, the Dukes showed no nerves from the opening tip, parading to a 97-76 win over Seton Hall this afternoon at Gampel Pavilion.

“We’re excited to be here, it’s a great opportunity that a lot of people don’t get," senior guard April Robinson said. "We’re still taking it all in. To get this first win, we’ve achieved another goal today.”

For the team coach Dan Burt knew was special from Day 1, today was the payoff after seven years of WNIT berths. The victory is especially satisfying for Burt because of all the obstacles he has overcome in his three seasons with the team.

After taking over for the departing Suzie McConnell-Serio in the fall of 2013, Burt wanted to run his team differently. He had to get the players who previously knew him as the well-liked assistant to see him as the leader who was poised to advance the program. It would have been easy to understand doubt from their end, but they bought in and the results came.