|Makenzie Mason||Sofia Recupero||Bridgette Mann|
The University of Scranton women's basketball team sets their sights on attempting to win their fourth straight Landmark Conference championship on Sunday afternoon, as the top-seeded Lady Royals take on second-seeded Elizabethtown inside the John Long Center beginning at 1 p.m.
Fans making the trip to the Long Center are reminded that admission prices at the door will be $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Anyone with a Landmark Conference institution ID gets in free of charge. Also, all fans and students are encouraged to wear white to the game, as the Scranton Department of Athletics has called for a White Out in the Long Center for the contest.
If you can't make it to the game, live stats and a live video stream will be available, as well, by following the links on Scranton's schedule page by clicking here.
Scranton, playing in their seventh straight Landmark Conference championship game on Sunday (and 11th title game since the advent of the Landmark in 2007-08), comes into the title clash with a 24-2 overall mark after a dominating 84-54 win over fourth-seeded Moravian on Thursday night in Landmark semifinal action in the Long Center.
In the win, Scranton trailed only once to the visiting Greyhounds all night, as junior forward Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had the best night of her career on the scoring end, tallying 29 points. Fellow junior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) also had a big game, recording her second double-double of the year with 14 points, 11 rebounds.
Ranked ninth in the WBCA Top 25, 12th in the D3Hoops.com Top 25, and first in the Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings, Scranton has been led all season in the scoring column by Mason, who is averaging 14 points a game and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
The Lady Royals, winners of 23 games by double-digits, have also been paced by a strong defense, that is allowing just 48.3 points a game and opponents to shoot 30.7 percent on the year. Both marks are in the top ten nationally in NCAA Division III, as well.
Elizabethtown, meanwhile, reaches unchartered territory on Sunday, as the Blue Jays play in their first Landmark Conference title game and their first conference title game of any kind since the 2001 MAC Commonwealth championship game, which the Blue Jays won.
Winners of eight straight games and ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings, the Blue Jays blew out third-seeded Catholic on Thursday night in their Landmark semifinal tilt, posting a 61-43 victory. In the win, three separate players scored 17 points, apiece, Mikayla Ruth, Marissa Emlet, and Veronica Christ.
For the year, E-Town is led in the scoring column by Lawson, who is averaging 16.3 points per game. Meanwhile, Christ is averaging 14.4 points a game, and Ruth comes in at 10.6 points a contest.
In the regular season, the visiting team was victorious in each of the two meetings between the Lady Royals and the Blue Jays.
First, on Jan. 5, senior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) poured in a season-high 26 points to lead the way, as the Lady Royals rolled to a 66-53 victory.
On Jan. 26 in Scranton, Mann sat out due to an injury, and Elizabethtown came out on top, using a big third quarter rally (23-11) to take a 64-56 win in the Long Center. The loss was Scranton's first of the season, as Ruth led the Blue Jays, scoring a game-high 18 points.
The winner of Sunday's Landmark Conference championship game will clinch the conferences automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, which will begin next weekend at campus sites around the country.
For more on the 2019 Landmark Conference championship game, check out the game notes for the match-up by clicking here.