The first NCAA Division III women's basketball regional rankings were released on Wednesday afternoon and The University of Scranton women's basketball team checks in at number two overall in the Mid-Atlantic region rankings.
The regional rankings are traditionally an important indicator in a team's chances of securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, should it fail to secure an automatic bid. The NCAA releases public regional rankings on the final two weeks of the regular season. The final rankings, which are given to the tournament selection committee, are not made public.
The Lady Royals, who are 19-2 overall and 7-2 in the Landmark Conference, trail just Messiah in the first Mid-Atlantic regional rankings, as the Eagles are currently 21-1 overall on the year. Gettysburg (17-3) and Johns Hopkins (18-3) round out the top four, followed by Haverford (16-4), Southern Virginia (17-3), Christopher Newport (16-5) and Salisbury (15-6).
For the full list of NCAA Division III women's basketball regional rankings, click here.
Scranton, who is currently ranked in a tie for eighth in the WBCA Coaches' Top 25 and 12th in the D3Hoops.com Top 25, opened the year with a 18-0 mark before dropping their first game of the season on Jan. 26 at home against Elizabethtown (64-56).
Led by one of the strongest defensive units in the country, Scranton has only allowed 48.2 points per game and held 12 opponents to under 50 points. On the offensive end, junior forward Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) has been a consistent force all season, averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns to action this evening at 7 p.m., as they take on Moravian in a Landmark Conference road game. The Lady Royals return to the Long Center on Saturday, taking on Juniata at 1 p.m.