Lady Royals Set to Host Keuka in First Round of NCAA Tournament on Friday Night

Scranton will open the NCAA Tournament against Keuka on Friday night in the Long Center.
Scranton will open the NCAA Tournament against Keuka on Friday night in the Long Center.


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The University of Scranton women's basketball team is set to open up the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament with a first round game against Keuka on Friday night in the John Long Center.  Opening tip between the Lady Royals and Wolves is set for 7:00 p.m.

Brooklyn and Cabrini will meet in Friday's first game at 5:00 p.m. with the winners to meet on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.  Scranton is hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season.

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 enters the NCAA Tournament with a 26-1 record after winning the Landmark Conference championship with a 59-58 overtime victory over Juniata on Saturday for the Lady Royals' 21st straight victory.  Scranton is looking to advance to the second round for the third straight year and for the fourth time in the last five seasons.  The Lady Royals are making their 31st appearance in the NCAA Tournament including bids in each of the past six seasons.

Scranton's lineup features three players who earned Landmark Conference honors earlier this week including junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) who was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year.  Also a First Team All-Conference honoree, Mann leads the Lady Royals by averaging 15.7 points per game while handing out a team-best 88 assists.

Sophomore guard Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) also garnered First Team All-Conference accolades following a breakout sophomore season in which she ranked second on the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots while senior forward Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) was a Second Team All-Conference selection after leading the Lady Royals in rebounding, blocked shots, and field goal percentage.

Scranton is coached by Trevor Woodruff, who was named the 2017-18 Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in his third season at the helm of the Lady Royals. 

Scranton's first round opponent, Keuka (21-5), is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2012 after winning the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a 72-60 victory over SUNY Poly in the NEAC title game. 

The Wolves, who have won 11 straight games entering Friday night's contest, are led by first year head coach Gary Broadhurst, who was recently honored as the 2017-18 NEAC Coach of the Year.

Keuka is led on the court by a pair of Third Team All-NEAC performers, junior guards Reighly Melochik and Lauren Anten.  Melochik averages a team-high 14.3 points per game and is one of the nation's top three-point shooters, connecting on 52.3 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc.  Anten averages 12.5 points per game for the Wolves while Sam Laranjo dished out 5.5 assists per game, 18th best in the country.

Scranton has won both meetings with Keuka including a 73-42 triumph in the first round of 2009 NCAA Tournament which was the last time that the two teams played each other.

In Friday's first game, Brooklyn (24-3) will take on Cabrini (25-2) in a showdown between the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) and Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) champions.

Brooklyn (24-3) is making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning its first CUNYAC title since 1980 with a 59-50 victory over the College of Staten Island. Cabrini (25-2) is making its 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament including five in the last six seasons after winning the CSAC championship with a 71-64 win over Neumann.

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