Women's Hoops to Host First Two Rounds of NCAA Tournament; Open Play with Endicott on Friday

The Lady Royals will host Endicott in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the John Long Center in Scranton. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
The Lady Royals will host Endicott in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the John Long Center in Scranton. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

The University of Scranton women's basketball team captured their fifth straight Landmark Conference championship on Saturday and will play in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 33rd time in program history this season. The Lady Royals will host the first two rounds in the John Long Center for the seventh straight year beginning on Friday.

Scranton will host Endicott in a first round game on Friday night at 7 p.m., while Christopher Newport will battle Widener in Friday's other first round contest at 5 p.m. The two winners of Friday's games will meet in a second round game on Saturday with a Sweet 16 berth on the line that is slated to get underway at 5 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 advance ticket sales.

The Lady Royals-who are ranked 14th in both the latest D3Hoops.Com Poll and WBCA Top 25-captured the program's fifth straight Landmark Conference title with a 63-42 victory over Catholic on Saturday. Scranton has won 12 straight games entering the NCAA Tournament.

Endicott enters play at 18-10 after winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference for the first time in program history. The Gulls were the No. 3 seed in the CCC Tournament and defeated No. 4 seed University of New England by a score of 74-57 in the championship game on Saturday. This is also the first NCAA Tournament in program history for Endicott.

Christopher Newport finished the season with a 23-4 record (10-0 CAC) and won the conference's automatic bid with an 86-66 victory over York (Pa.) on Saturday to earn the program's fifth consecutive NCAA berth and 21st all-time. A season ago, the Lady Royals defeated the Captains in a 57-56 thriller in the Sweet 16 at the John Long Center.

Widener earned an at-large berth out of the MAC Commonwealth after going 21-5 (13-3 MACC) in the regular season and are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013 and fifth time in program history. In 2013, the Pride advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to Amherst.

More information on the NCAA Tournament first and second round games will be posted throughout the week at athletics.scranton.edu.

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