Women's Basketball Seeded Third in NCAA East Region, Faces Stonehill in First Round

Women's Basketball Seeded Third in NCAA East Region, Faces Stonehill in First Round

PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (29-2) is the third seed in the East Region and will begin NCAA Tournament play versus sixth-seeded Stonehill (19-9) on Friday, March 15 at 12 p.m. The East Regional will take place at University of the Sciences on March 15-18.

The Rams captured their third CACC Championship on Sunday, defeating USciences, 74-73 in an overtime thriller, and earned an automatic bid to the national tournament. They were 4-1 against regionally-ranked teams this season. It is Jefferson's 11th appearance in program history and second straight. Last year, the Rams were the seventh seed in the East Region and suffered a close 71-66 loss to the second seed, Bentley.

THE BRACKET
2019 NCAA Division II Tournament Bracket

THE TEAMS
No. 1 USciences Devils
Record: 29-2
Conference Result: CACC runner-up
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 3-2
Number of NCAA Appearances: 5
Most Recent NCAA Finish: East Region Final, 2018

No. 2 Bentley Falcons
Record: 28-3
Conference Result: NE-10 runner-up
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 7-3
Number of NCAA Appearances: 35
Most Recent NCAA Finish: East Region Semifinals, 2018

No. 3 Jefferson Rams
Record: 29-2
Conference Result: CACC Champions
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 4-1
Number of NCAA Appearances: 11
Most Recent NCAA Finish: East Region Quarterfinals, 2018

No. 4 Le Moyne Dolphins
Record: 24-5
Conference Result: NE-10 Champions
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 9-0
Number of NCAA Appearances: 2
Most Recent NCAA Finish: East Region Quarterfinals, 2002

No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans
Record: 26-4
Conference Result: ECC semifinals
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 3-3
Number of NCAA Appearances: 3
Most Recent NCAA Finish: East Region Semifinals, 2018

No. 6 Stonehill Skyhawks
Record: 19-9
Conference Result: NE-10 quarterfinals
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 3-5
Number of NCAA Appearances: 25
Most Recent NCAA Finish: National Quarterfinals (East Region Champions), 2018

No. 7 Saint Anselm Hawks
Record: 19-9
Conference Result: NE-10 semifinals
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 2-7
Number of NCAA Appearances: 8
Most Recent NCAA Finish: East Region Quarterfinals, 2016

No. 8 NYIT Bears
Record: 23-8
Conference Result: ECC Champions
Record vs. Regionally-Ranked Teams: 2-4
Number of NCAA Appearances: 4
Most Recent NCAA Finish: East Region Quarterfinals, 2017

THE SCHEDULE
Friday, March 15
12 p.m. – No. 3 Jefferson vs. No. 6 Stonehill
2:30 p.m. – No. 2 Bentley vs. No. 7 Saint Anselm
5 p.m. – No. 1 USciences vs. No. 8 NYIT
7:30 p.m. – No. 4 Le Moyne vs. No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas

Saturday, March 16
5 p.m. – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
7:30 p.m. – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner 4

Monday, March 18
7 p.m. – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

The regional champion advances to the Elite Eight on March 26-29 in Columbus, Ohio.

A detailed preview looking at the Rams' first round matchup with Stonehill will be posted later this week.