The University of Scranton women's basketball team won their final 10 games of the regular season to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Landmark Conference Tournament and begin their quest of a fifth consecutive Landmark Conference title on Wednesday night when the Lady Royals host No. 4 seed Moravian in a semifinal matchup at the John Long Center in Scranton. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m.
The winner of Wednesday's game will play the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal between second-seeded Catholic and third-seeded Elizabethtown. Saturday's championship will be played at the site of the highest remaining seed at a time to be announced.
Admission to the semifinal match is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Lady Royals and Greyhounds will meet in the semifinals with Scranton having won each of the previous three meetings including an 84-54 victory on Feb. 21, 2019. Wednesday is the 14th all-time meeting between the two teams in a Landmark Conference playoff game with the Lady Royals having won 10 of the previous 13 matchups.
Scranton is ranked 14th in both the D3Hoops.com and WBCA Top 25 polls that were released on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Royals are also No. 2 in the most recent NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional rankings.
Senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) leads the team offensively at 13.5 points per game and has scored double-digit points in nine straight games including a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds in Saturday's win over Goucher. Fellow senior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) checks in at 10.8 points per game and Scranton features three of the top five in the Landmark in three-point percentage with sophomore Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) who sits third at 39.4%, Sheehan (4th, 38.9) and freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) ranks fifth at 36.6%.
Defensively, the Lady Royals have allowed 60 points or less in nine of their last 10 games and leads the conference in scoring defense at 52.6 points per game which is tied for 20th nationally.
Moravian enters play at 15-10 overall (8-6 Landmark) and clinched a playoff spot with a 76-60 victory over Elizabethtown on Saturday. The Greyhounds are led by senior Maddie Capuano who leads the team and conference in scoring at 18.5 points per game, while fellow senior Nadine Ewald who ranks second in the conference in rebounding (10.6 rpg) and fifth in field goal percentage (49.3%).
The Lady Royals swept the season series between the two teams with a 74-48 victory in Bethlehem on Jan. 15 and a 64-57 victory on Feb. 12 in Scranton. As a whole, Scranton has won eight straight meetings against the Greyhounds dating back to the 2016-17 season.