#14 Stonehill Receives 23rd NCAA Tournament Bid

Fourth-seeded Skyhawks will face fifth-seeded and ECC Champion Queens in East Regional, hosted by Adelphi, on Friday 

EASTON, Mass. (March 8, 2015) – Stonehill College has earned its 23rd bid to the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championships and will be the No. 4-seed in next weekend's East Regional, hosted by top-seeded and No. 8/11-ranked Adelphi University, in Garden City, New York, March 13-16.

Stonehill is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 23rd overall in program history after winning the Northeast-10 Conference's Northeast Division Championship with a 22-4 record overall, including an 18-3 mark in the Northeast-10. It marks the Skyhawks' tenth NCAA bid under NE-10 Coach of the Year Trisha Brown, in her 14th season. Stonehill, which has reached the regional semifinal each of the last two seasons before being defeated by eventual National Finalists each time, including rival Bentley University who went on to win the National Championship last year, has reached the regional final seven times in program history, capturing two regional titles in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and '95. The 1995 team reached the national semifinal round.

This year's East Regional will open with quarterfinal round action on Friday, March 13, followed by regional semifinals on Saturday, March 14, and the regional championship on Monday, March 16. Stonehill received an at-large bid and will open the regional with a quarterfinal battle against East Coast Conference Tournament Champions Queens (N.Y.) College (22-7, 15-5 ECC), who received an automatic bid, in Friday's final first round game. All game times for Friday's regional quarterfinal sessions are to be announced.

NE-10 tournament and southwest division champions Adelphi (28-3, 18-2 NE-10), ranked No. 8 in this week's D2SIDA Top 25 media poll and 11th in the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Division II poll, earned the top seed and automatic bid from the NE-10 and will serve as regional host. The Panthers will face Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champions and automatic bid recipient Holy Family University (20-10, 14-5 CACC) on Friday, with the winner facing the Stonehill/Queens victor on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Rounding out the East Regional field is Northeast-10 member University of New Haven (23-5, 16-4 NE-10), who earned an at large bid as the No. 2 seed, No. 3 seed University of District of Columbia (25-4, 18-2 ECC), who received an at large bid from the East Coast Conference, sixth-seeded Franklin Pierce University (18-10, 13-8 NE-10), who earned an at large bid from the NE-10, with seventh-seeded Philadelphia University (22-8, 14-5 CACC), who collected the remaining at large bid and represents the CACC.

The winner of the East Region will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which will be held March 24-27 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the national quarterfinals, semifinals and championship. The East Region champs will face the winner of the West Regional in a national quarterfinal. 

COMPETING TEAMS IN 2015 NCAA DIVISION II EAST REGIONAL
No. 1 seed – Adelphi University (28-3, 18-2 NE-10)… Northeast-10 Champions (automatic bid)
No. 2 seed – University of New Haven (23-5, 16-4 NE-10)… NE-10 (at large bid)
No. 3 seed – Univ. of District of Columbia (25-4, 18-2 ECC)… East Coast Conference Reg. Season Champions (at large bid)
No. 4 seed – Stonehill College (22-4, 18-3 NE-10)… NE-10 Northeast Division Champions (at large bid)
No. 5 seed – Queens (N.Y.) College (22-7, 15-5 ECC)… ECC Champions (automatic bid)
No. 6 seed – Franklin Pierce University (18-10, 13-8 NE-10)… NE-10 (at large bid)
No. 7 seed – Philadelphia University (22-8, 14-5 CACC)… Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (at large bid)
No. 8 seed – Holy Family University (20-10, 14-5 CACC)… CACC Champions (automatic bid)

NCAA DIVISION II EAST REGIONAL SCHEDULE

QUARTERFINALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 (TIMES TBA)
#1 Adelphi (28-3) vs. #8 Holy Family (20-10)
#2 New Haven (23-5) vs. #7 Philadelphia.(22-8)
#3 Dist. of Columbia (25-4) vs. #6 Franklin Pierce (18-10)
#4 Stonehill (22-4) vs. #5 Queens (22-7)

SEMIFINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
#3-#6 winner vs. #2-#7 winner 5:00 pm
#1-#8 winner vs. #4-#5 winner, 7:30 pm

CHAMPIONSHIP – MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2014, 7:00 pm

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