Lady Royals, Royals To Host Landmark Conference Semifinal Games Wednesday At Long Center

Ross Danzig Erin Boggan

Luke Hawk

Sidney Jaques

Tommy Morgan Christina Hiltunen

The University of Scranton men’s and women’s basketball teams will host Landmark Conference semifinal games this Wednesday, February 22, at the Long Center.

The Lady Royals (16-9) will open the doubleheader against Catholic University (20-5) at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Royals (18-7) and Moravian College (12-13) at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5.00 for adults (ages 18-61) and $3.00 for senior citizens (ages 62 and older) and children (ages 10-17).  All University of Scranton students and students from the other seven Landmark Conference institutions will be admitted free, as well as children under seven accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday’s doubleheader will be carried lived by WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at wusrfm.com, with veteran announcer Dean Corwin calling all the action.  Live stats and video-streaming will also be available at the following web address:  http://livestats.prestosports.com/scranton/

The Lady Royals and the Cardinals split their regular-season games this year.  Behind a 16-point, 12-rebound effort from junior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) and 15 points off the bench from junior guard Christina Hiltunen (Brooklyn, NY/Bishop Kearney), Scranton defeated Catholic, 70-64, on January 7 at the Long Center.  The Cardinals avenged that loss with a 68-63 win at the DuFour Center in Washington, DC, on January 27, behind 20 points apiece from Jill Woerner and Emily Grabiak.

Scranton and Catholic each finished the regular-season with an 11-3 record in conference play, but the Lady Royals’ strength of schedule was the deciding factor as to which team became the number two seed.  The winner of Wednesday’s game takes on the winner of #4 Moravian (15-10) and #1 Juniata (24-1) for the championship on Saturday, February 25, at the site of the highest seed remaining.  The eventual champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships.

The Royal men swept both games against Moravian during the regular-season, but each one was decided by only four points.  Scranton survived a 27-point explosion from Greyhound junior guard D.J. Strayhorn to pull out a 78-74 win in overtime on Saturday, December 3, at the Long Center.  Sophomore guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, NY/Chaminade) and senior guard Luke Hawk (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) led five Scranton players in double figures with 17 and 15 points, respectively.

This past Saturday, freshman guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy-NJ) poured in a season-high 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Royals to a come-from-behind 81-77 victory at Johnston Hall in Bethlehem.  Forward Jeff Cullinan put up some impressive numbers for the Greyhounds in a losing cause, making 9 of 11 shots from the field to finish with a game-high 32 points and had 10 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals in only 22 minutes of action.

The Scranton-Moravian winner advances to Saturday’s championship game against the winner of #3 Juniata (17-8)/#2 Susquehanna (15-9), again at the site of the highest seed remaining.   The eventual Landmark Conference tournament winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.

--LADY ROYALS, ROYALS--

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