Bresnahan’s back in the game
Butler graduate suiting up for Duquesne vs. WVU Saturday

By John Enrietto 

PITTSBURGHThe wait is over. 
After nearly a season and a half of being on the sidelines, Butler graduate Olivia Bresnahan is eligible to play Division I women’s college basketball again. 
Butler graduate and former Florida State guard will suit up for Duquesne University when the Dukes host West Virginia Saturday afternoon at the Palumbo Center
“This is like receiving an early Christmas president,” Duquesne coach Dan Burt said. “She became eligible at
midnight (Thursday). We’re having a (coaching) staff meeting today to figure out how we want to use her.” 
Bresnahan, a 5-foot-11 junior, figures to serve as back-up point guard to sophomore April Robinson right away. 
“April is the only true point guard we’ve had on the floor and she’s been averaging 34 minutes per game,” Burt said. “Olivia will get some minutes there, for sure.” 
The Dukes are off to an 8-3 start this season. Robinson is averaging 11.2 points and 4.7 assists per game. Senior guard Raegan Moore is the team’s leading scorer at 18.7 points per game. 
Bresnahan does not know herself how she will fit into the lineup. But Thursday
, she practiced with the “Blue” team for the first time. 
“The ‘Red’ team is made up of the freshmen and up until now, myself, since I couldn’t play,” Bresnahan said. “We were the scout team each day in practice against our regulars, the ‘Blue’ team. 
“It hasn’t hit me yet that I can actually play basketball again. I guess it will hit me when I’m wearing that blue.” 
Bresnahan hasn’t exactly been wasting her time. 
“I feel like I’ve helped make my teammates better in practice. I know they’ve helped me get better,” she said. 
Burt agreed. 
“Olivia’s work ethic is second to none,” the coach said. “All she’s done since she’s been here is support the team. She will see action at the 1, 2 and 3-spots for us. 
“The knock on her in high school and at
Florida State was her perimeter shooting. She’s gone to work on that and has drastically improved her outside shot.” 
In her two seasons at
Florida State, Bresnahan sank one 3-pointer and shot 46 percent from the free throw line. She averaged 21.9 minutes per game her sophomore year with the Seminoles. 
Because she stayed at
Florida State through her finals last December, Bresnahan has not been eligible to play for Duquesne until now. 
“We average 80 points a game, so we like to get up and down the floor,” Burt said. “Olivia runs the floor with a lot of speed and she has the ability to handle the ball well in traffic. 
“Her skills fit right in to our style of play and what we try to do.” 
Despite not playing a game for the Dukes yet, Bresnahan is one of four captains on the team. 
“I felt a little awkward about that at first, having not played,” she admitted. “It’s a nice honor to have and I appreciate being thought of in that way. 
“I have no personal goals for myself. Play good defense, get a big steal or assist, think offense a little more ... I just want to do my part in helping our team win. 
“This is a very talented team. I think we can do very well in our (Atlantic 10) conference,” she added. 
Ultimately, winning is what it is all about for Bresnahan. 
“I want to help make history here,” she said. “Duquesne has never made the NCAA Tournament. I want to be on the team that changes that.” 
Following the
West Virginia game, Duquesne plays Dec. 29 at Pitt before opening Atlantic 10 play against St. Bonaventure on New Year’s Day at the Palumbo Center
The Dukes have won six of their last seven games, the lone loss being a 100-61 decision to No. 5 Notre Dame.