PITTSBURGH — Just days before its scheduled season opener, the Duquesne Women’s Basketball Team received good news from the NCAA as junior guard Diamond Bragg was granted a waiver and will be immediately eligible to compete.
Bragg, a Camp Hill, Pa native, transferred from Wisconsin, playing under Jonathan Tsipis who previously was George Washington’s women’s basketball coach before leading the Badgers.
“I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to play this year,” Bragg said in a university-issued press release. “We have been working extremely hard for months now and it’s such a relief to be cleared. I can’t wait to be in uniform alongside my incredible teammates this weekend.”
— DBragg (@diamond_bragg) April 15, 2020
During her time at Wisconsin, Bragg appeared in 50 games. Additionally she was Penn Live’s 2017 Female Athlete of the Year and a Miss Pennsylvania Finalist.
Those accolades also extend to off the court where Bragg has eclipsed $80,000 in the last two years by both creating and hosting the “More Than A Game” charity basketball game.
“Diamond is the definition of a student-athlete,” Duquesne coach Dan Burt said. “Her professionalism-like focus, skill level and work ethic have made an immediate impact in our program. We are very happy with the NCAA’s decision and expect Diamond to help us reach our team goals this season.”
Duquesne tips off its season Sunday afternoon against #20/22 Ohio State at 4 p.m. Duquesne is 1-6 lifetime against the Buckeyes, with the two teams last squaring off in Columbus on Nov. 11, 2016, an 89-69 victory for the home team. Duquesne’s sole victory against Ohio State came Dec. 18, 2010, a 71-67 triumph.
If the non-conference schedule remains intact, then Sunday’s game is the first of four such contests, all of which will be on the road. The slate continues Dec. 2 at Saint Francis, Dec. 18 at Toledo and concludes Dec. 21 at Kent State.