SCRANTON, Pa. – Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Basketball Champion, University of New England, didn't trail until the final seconds of their NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship First Round game against No. 17 Scranton. Sophomore Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa.) knocked down a three-pointer with .6 seconds remaining in the game to give the host Lady Royals the 49-48 victory, eliminating the Nor'easters from Championship contention.
Scranton will meet SUNY Poly in the Second Round tomorrow, March 4 at 5 p.m. The Wildcats advanced with an 80-72 win over Eastern Connecticut in their First Round game.
Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites March 10-11. Winners of the four sectional sites will advance to the national semifinals and final March 17-18. All games, except the semifinals/final, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. The semifinals/final will be conducted at Van Noord Arena on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
No. 17 Scranton 49, University of New England 48
SCRANTON, Pa. – Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa.) drained a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds on the clock to lift No.17 University of Scranton to a 49-48 victory over the University of New England in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship on Friday night (Mar. 3) at the Long Center.
The Lady Royals (25-3) never led in the contest before the final shot, and trailed by 10 (39-29) entering the 4th quarter.
The hosts scored the initial six of the period to chip into the deficit, only to have Alicia Brown (Greenland, N.H.) convert a three-point play to give the Nor'easters a 42-35 advantage. Mann got a layup back, but UNE's Sadie Nelson (Windham, Maine) banked in a triple to set the gap at eight (45-37) with 4:58 to go.
It was 48-42 when Scranton's Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa.) put in two at the 2:03 mark, and a layup inside the last minute from Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn.) cut the lead to just two (48-46).
UNE came up empty on a pair of tries on its next possession, and Mann was errant on a long-range attempt to go in front as time ran down, but Payonk tracked down the offensive rebound for a timeout with 6.0 left.
The Lady Royals worked Mann open on the left wing for the game-winner -- her only make from deep in 11 shots during the evening.
Scranton's 56-percent conversion-rate in the 4th (9-of-16) upped its ultimate figure to 34.4 percent.
Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa.) led the home team with 14 points on 7-of-11 field goals, and made it a double-double with 11 boards. Mann finished with 12 points, and Broderick added seven. Payonk totaled just four points with 14 rebounds and six assists.
The Lady Royals secured a 46-36 edge on the glass to help overcome being held more than 22 points below their season scoring average (71.2).
For the Nor'easters, who conclude the year with a 23-6 record, Brown tallied a team-high 12 points to go with five rebounds. Lindsey Howland (New Braintree, Mass.) tossed in 11 on 4-of-5 shooting, and Sam MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) registered seven points, six caroms, and four assists. Nelson's six points was matched by both Olivia Shaw (Saco, Maine) and Jocelyn Chaput (Nashua, N.H.), who collected nine and seven rebounds, respectively.
Full recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
NCAA Tournament First Round
Friday, March 3 (at Scranton University)
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The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.