SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Endicott women's basketball teams will serve as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament after wrapping up the Regular-Season Championship with a 13-3 CCC (17-8 overall) record on Saturday (Feb. 16).
The Gulls will be trying for their first-ever CCC Women's Basketball Tournament title, having made previous championship appearances in 2006, 2009, and 2010.
With Endicott claiming the top spot, it ends a seven-year run by the University of New England as the CCC Tournament's top seed. UNE, which has won the past six CCC Tournament Championships, finished the regular season at 12-4 in conference (14-11 overall) and will be this year's No. 2 seed.
Western New England (11-5 CCC, 17-8 overall) will be the No. 3 seed in this year's bracket after defeating Roger Williams (11-5 CCC, 13-12 overall), which earned the No. 4 seed, on Saturday. Since both teams finished with 11-5 conference records the league's tiebreaking procedure was used to determine seeding. The Golden Bears won the higher seed due to their head-to-head sweep of the Hawks during the regular season.
Due to a change in the conference by-laws over the summer, seven teams now qualify for the CCC Tournament with the No. 1 seed receiving a bye.
UNE, WNE, and Roger Williams will all host quarterfinal games on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Nor'easters match up with No. 7 seed Gordon (5-11 CCC, 8-17 overall) at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears draw No. 6 seed Salve Regina (6-10 CCC, 10-15 overall) at 7 p.m. The Hawks host No. 5 seed Curry (10-6 CCC, 14-11 overall) at 5:30 p.m.
In the semifinals, which are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, the winner of the Roger Williams-Curry game will visit the top-seeded Gulls. The other two quarterfinal winners will play each other in the other semifinal with the higher seed serving as host. Game times for the semifinal round will be determined after the completion of the first round.
The two semifinal winners earn a trip to the CCC Women's Basketball Championship which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23. The winner will be named the CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.
(Games hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Feb. 19
#7 Gordon at #2 University of New England, 7 p.m.
#6 Salve Regina at #3 Western New England, 7 p.m.
#5 Curry at #4 Roger Williams, 5:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Thursday, Feb. 21
#4/5 winner at No. 1 Endicott, TBD
#2/7 winner vs. #3/6 winner, TBD
Finals – Saturday, Feb. 23
Semifinal winners at higher seed, TBD
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one 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 administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.