Thursday, December 27, 2007

The PG gives the Lady Dukes some props

PG article

5'4 Kristi Little leads the Lady Dukes with 17.9ppg and 6.3apg

I'll be honest I don't really follow the Lady Dukes that closely but I am happy to see that Suzie McConnell-Serio has turned the program around, and very quickly might I add. The Lady Dukes have already equaled their win total of last season with a 7-5 record, a big improvement on the 7-20 record last season under Dan Durkin.

I met Dan Durkin with my dad when Scott Edgar was introduced as the new men's head coach back in the day. We actually sat at the same table as Durkin and his wife, they are both really cool people, especially Dan's wife who is from Ireland and has a sweet accent. That being said it was time for Duquesne and Durkin to go their separate ways.

The afternoon we met Durkin he told us how he found Korie Hlede, (pictured right.) Durkin was recruiting a post player on Hlede's team overseas, and the player Durkin was recruiting was surprised that he wasn't there to recruit Hlede and insisted that they meet. The rest is history. Hlede's number has been retired by Duquesne and she spent several successful seasons in the WNBA before injuries ended her pro basketball career.

Clearly McConnell-Serio has the Lady Dukes going in the right direction. Give Everhart and McConnell-Serio a few years and both of these teams will be in the NIT or NCAA Tournament.

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