After a 2-0 week to extend their winning streak to eight games, The University of Scranton women's basketball team moved up to No. 2 in the second set of 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 20-3 overall (10-2 Landmark) trails only Messiah (20-4) in the rankings, while Widener (20-4) and Christopher Newport (20-4) round out the top four. The remainder of the rankings is comprised of Gettysburg (20-3), Albright (21-3), Mary Washington (17-7) and Catholic (19-4).
The Lady Royals-who are ranked 14th in the latest WBCA Top 25 and 16th in the D3Hoops.com poll-are tied with Catholic atop the Landmark Conference standings with two regular season games remaining.
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Scranton is coming off a 69-57 win at Juniata on Saturday in which the Lady Royals shot 31-of-36 (86.1%) from the free throw line and outscored the Eagles by a 22-11 margin in the fourth quarter. Senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had 17 points and classmate Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) added 16 points of her own.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team hits the road to battle Drew in a Landmark Conference tilt tonight at 7 p.m.