PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University women's basketball team has earned a post-season berth for the second year in a row and will make an appearance this week in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Tournament.
The Panthers (15-10) are seeded sixth in this year's tournament and will host third-seeded Endicott College (19-7) on Wednesday, Mar. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in a first-round game at Foley Gymnasium. PSU will host the higher-seeded Gulls because Endicott has a scheduling conflict in its gym. Plymouth State was the eighth seed in the ECAC Tournament a year ago and lost in the first round at top-seeded Nichols College, 66-54.
The other first-round match-ups this year include top-seeded Keene State College (17-9) hosting eighth-seeded Suffolk University (14-12); second-seeded Regis College (19-9) hosting seventh-seeded Worcester State College (15-13); and fourth-seeded WPI (19-9) hosting fifth-seeded Norwich University (20-7).
Wednesday's quarterfinal winners will advance to Saturday's semifinal round, with the highest remaining seed hosting both semifinal games as well as Sunday's championship contest. Second-seeded WPI upset Nichols to win last year's title, 43-36.
Plymouth State, led by 12th-year head coach Lauren Lavigne, earned the ECAC berth after winning 15 games this winter, including a 10-1 record against non-Little East Conference opponents. Five of PSU's 10 losses were to teams that advanced to post-season play.
Endicott was the third seed in last week's Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament, and was defeated by second-seeded Regis College in the semifinals, 73-66. The Gulls were also the third seed in last year's ECAC Tournament, and were knocked off in the first round by sixth-seeded Emerson College, 76-66. Endicott, which is making its sixth straight ECAC appearance, is looking for its first appearance in the ECAC title game.
PSU is making its eighth ECAC Tournament appearance, including four in a row from 2000-03. The Panthers first played in the ECAC Tourney in 1990 and 1995, and won back-to-back championships in 2002 and 2003.
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