Duquesne Dukes: April Robinson Collects Preseason Basketball Honors


There was good news for basketball fans on the bluff last week. The writers at College Sports Madness, which is part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, selected Duquesne Dukes guard April Robinson for their Preseason Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference squad.

The kudos did not end there as she was also slotted on the Preseason All-High Major Second-Team.

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The 5-foot-8 senior collected her fifth overall College Sports Madness honor. In 2014-2015, the Springfield, Virginia native started all 34 contests and was named Atlantic 10 Second-Team All-Conference as well as to the league’s All-Academic Team.

Robinson with 466 points last season was first for the Dukes and sixth in the A-10. She established a Duquesne single-season record by contributing 87 3-pointers last year. This season she opens the campaign 19th on Red and Blue’s all-time scoring list with 1,090 points, fourth in three-pointers made with 174 and ninth with 361 assists.

The 21-year-old Robinson can become just the fourth player in program history to record 1,500 points and 500 assists. She makes her 100th career start when Duquesne opens up their season Friday, Nov. 13 against the Peacocks of Saint Peter’s University.

Early Preview: You have the opportunity this Sunday, Oct. 25 to discover the women’s basketball team in the first Dukes, Donuts and Dunks at the A.J. Palumbo Center. It allows students, fans, and alumni to participate in a free continental breakfast and observe the team practice. The event goes from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The doors at Gate B open at 9:30 a.m.

TV Time: The Red and Blue appears on national television four times this season. The Dukes commence A-10 conference play Sunday, Jan. 3 at home against the Flyers of the University of Dayton. The CBS Sports Network is broadcasting the match-up. Duquesne is back on the CBS Sports Network Sunday, Jan. 10 when they clash with the Fordham Rams at the Palumbo Center.

The defending conference champion George Washington Colonials invades the Palumbo Center Sunday, Jan. 17 for a contest on ESPNU. The Dukes final appearance on national television is Sunday, Feb. 21 when they battle the Flyers in Dayton. That match-up is on the American Sports Network.

“We are very pleased to be on national television four times during the Atlantic 10 Conference season,” said Duquesne head coach Dan Burt on the team’s website. “For three of those TV games to be at home really showcases what is special about Duquesne. We look forward to a very competitive conference slate and hope to improve on our RPI conference rating of 6th in America from last year.”

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