Women’s Basketball to Host Two Rounds of NCAA Tournament, Open Play Friday against New England College

The University of Scranton women's basketball team will play in the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in program history, as the Lady Royals will host First and Second Round games in the Long Center beginning Friday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will play in the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in program history, as the Lady Royals will host First and Second Round games in the Long Center beginning Friday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

The University of Scranton women's basketball team will play in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 32nd time in program history, as the Lady Royals will host the opening rounds in the John Long Center for the sixth straight season beginning on Friday evening.

There, Scranton will take on New England College at 7 p.m. In the other First Round match-up on Friday, Johns Hopkins will entertain Eastern Connecticut State beginning at 5 p.m. The winners of both First Round match-ups will then face off on Saturday in the Second Round with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

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, 25-2 overall for the year, finished the year ranked ninth in the WBCA Top 25 and captured their fourth straight Landmark Conference championship on Sunday, rolling through Elizabethtown, 68-48.

New England College, meanwhile, finished the year 19-9 and are winners of seven straight games entering the NCAA Tournament. Winners of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), the Pilgrims will make the trek south from Henniker, N.H. after capturing the NECC title for the first time in 26 years after beating Becker on Saturday, 60-41.

Johns Hopkins finished the season with a 22-4 overall mark and went 18-2 in the Centennial Conference. The Blue Jays, who had won nine straight games, earned an at-large selection into the field after dropping a Centennial semifinal game to Haverford on Friday. The Blue Jays are making their 11th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and are in the field for the first time since 2012.

Eastern Connecticut State, meanwhile, finished the year 19-8 overall and earned an automatic bid into the tournament field after capturing the Little East Conference championship on Saturday in a 77-72 overtime win over UMass-Dartmouth. The conference title was Eastern Connecticut State's third in the last five years and their sixth conference crown overall.

More information on the NCAA Division III First and Second Round Tournament games in Scranton will be posted throughout the week at athletics.scranton.edu.

For a bracket of the full tournament field for 2018-19, click here.

--LADY ROYALS--