The University of Scranton women's basketball team debuted at No. 3 in the initial NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings that were released on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
Scranton who is 18-3 overall (8-2 Landmark) trails Messiah (18-4) and Gettysburg (19-2) in the first set of rankings. Christopher Newport is fourth at 18-4 and Albright sits fifth with a 19-2 overall mark, while the rankings are rounded out by Widener (17-4), Mary Washington (16-7) and Catholic (17-4).
Click here for a full list of the NCAA Division III region rankings.
The Lady Royals have won six straight and are tied for first in the Landmark after a 65-52 victory over Catholic on Saturday. Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad is currently ranked 14th in the WBCA Coaches' Top 25 and 16th in the D3Hoops.com poll.
Scranton leads the Landmark Conference in scoring defense at 53.5 ppg and ranks second in the conference offensively at 71.1 points per game. Senior Makenzie Mason is the team's top scorer at 13.4 points per game.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will host Moravian in Landmark Conference action tonight at 7 p.m. at the John Long Center in Scranton.