Lady Royals to Host First Two Rounds of NCAA Tournament, Open With Keuka on Friday Night

Scranton will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament this weekend in the John Long Center.
Scranton will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament this weekend in the John Long Center.

*Editor's note: This story now contains full ticket information.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team will host the first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament in the John Long Center this coming weekend.  The Lady Royals, who are hosting the opening two rounds for the fifth consecutive year, will open the tournament against Keuka on Friday night.

In the opening game of the first round on Friday night, Brooklyn will take on Cabrini starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Long Center.  The Lady Royals will then take on the Wolves at 7:00 p.m.  The two first round winners will meet on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. with a bid to the Sweet 16 on the line.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students & children (ages 2 & up) and seniors over the age of 61. Children under the age of two will be admitted at no charge. Tickets will only be sold at the gate on both Friday and Saturday as there will be no advanced ticket sales.

Scranton (26-1) is making its 31st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and sixth in a row after winning its third straight Landmark Conference championship with a 59-58 overtime win over Juniata on Saturday. 

Keuka enters Friday night's matchup with a 21-5 overall record and secured its place in the NCAA Tournament with a 72-60 triumph over SUNY Poly in the NEAC Championship Game on Sunday.

Brooklyn (24-3) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament by winning its first CUNYAC title since 1980 on Friday with a 59-50 victory over the College of Staten Island while Cabrini (25-2) returns to the big dance after winning the CSAC crown with a 71-64 win over Neumann on Saturday.  

Scranton is 2-0 all-time against Keuka, winning the first meeting 73-52 at Keuka on November 19, 1994 before defeating the Wolves in the first round of 2009 NCAA Tournament at Scranton, 73-42. 

The Lady Royals are 13-2 all-time against Cabrini including a 57-41 win on the road on November 29 of this season while Scranton and Brooklyn have never played each other.

To see the complete NCAA Division III Tournament bracket, click here.

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