Four Teams Left Standing in NEAC Women's Basketball Tournament

Four Teams Left Standing in NEAC Women's Basketball Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With Tuesday’s first round games complete, the final four teams are set for the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Basketball Final Four. The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion Keuka College on Feb. 23-24.

Keuka College and Gallaudet University received first-round byes as the top seed in each division, which was determined by criteria that only considers division play. After the conclusion of Tuesday’s matchups, the four remaining teams were reseeded using criteria considering all conference games. With overall conference record being the first seeding criteria for the NEAC Final Four, SUNY Poly will enter the weekend as the No. 1 seed at 15-1. Keuka College will be the No. 2 seed at 14-2 while Gallaudet University is the No. 3 seed with a 13-3 record in league play. Penn State Abington rounds out the field as the No. 4 seed with an 8-8 mark.

The first semifinal game will feature No. 4 Penn State Abington versus No. 1 SUNY Poly on Saturday at 2 p.m. The second semifinal will follow at 4 p.m. with No. 2 Keuka College meeting No. 3 Gallaudet University. The winners of the semifinal contests will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.

North Division First Round

No. 3 Morrisville State 45, No. 2 SUNY Poly 73 (Boxscore)

A 32-point second quarter gave SUNY Poly all the distance it would need as the Wildcats defeated Morrisville State, 73-45, in the North Division First Round game. SUNY Poly’s Rylie Smith (St. Johnsville, N.Y.) scored a game-high 13 points off the bench while five other Wildcats hit double-digits. Jaida Washington (Elmira, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with nine rebounds while Samantha Dayter (Cohoes, N.Y.) contributed six assists and three blocks. Morrisville State’s Sierra Henry (Newfield, N.Y.) scored a team-high 11 points while her teammate Alexis Campbell (Buffalo, N.Y.) chipped in seven points and five steals. With Tuesday’s loss, the Mustangs’ season comes to an end at 8-18 overall. SUNY Poly will head to the semifinal round with a 21-5 overall record.

South Division First Round

No. 3 Penn State Abington 65, No. 2 College of Saint Elizabeth 47 (Boxscore)

Penn State Abington held a nine-point lead at the half and never looked back as the Nittany Lions topped the College of Saint Elizabeth, 65-47, in Tuesday’s South Division First Round game. Nittany Lions’ sophomore Iman Richmond (Chicago, Ill.) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Sydney Barrow (Philadelphia, Pa.) netted a team-high 22 points. Shayna Rodriguez (Philadelphia, Pa.) also had a nice night for Abington with 18 points, four assists and eight steals. The College of Saint Elizabeth’s Kamille Jacobs (Hillside, N.J.) led all players with 23 points and Deja Ingram (Trenton, N.J.) finished the evening with 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Penn State Abington returns to the NEAC Final Four with a 12-13 overall mark. The College of Saint Elizabeth wraps up its best season in program history with the Eagles going 12-4 in league play and 14-8 overall.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.