Final Four Teams Determined for NEAC Women's Basketball Tournament

Final Four Teams Determined for NEAC Women's Basketball Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With Tuesday’s divisional matchups complete, four teams have secured a place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Basketball Final Four. The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded SUNY Poly on Feb. 24-25.

After the conclusion of Tuesday’s divisional matchups, the four remaining teams were reseeded. The first semifinal game will feature No. 4 Penn State Abington versus No. 1 SUNY Poly on Saturday at 2 p.m. The second semifinal will follow at 4 p.m. with No. 2 Keuka College meeting No. 3 Gallaudet University. The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.

North Division

Game 1: No. 4 Cazenovia College 63, No. 1 SUNY Poly 88

Boxscore

After gaining a comfortable 28-15 lead at the end of one quarter, SUNY Poly never relinquished its lead to earn an 88-63 victory over Cazenovia College and the right to host the NEAC Final Four. SUNY Poly senior Khristaijah Jackson (Levittown, Pa.) had a memorable night with 20 points and 12 rebounds, which included her 1,000th career point. Sophomore Kiersten Leos (Camden, N.Y.) chipped in a game-high 21 points in the SUNY Poly win. Cazenovia College’s Kelli Shepardson (Little Falls, N.Y.) led all players with 13 rebounds while the trio of Skylar Girard (Glens Falls, N.Y.), Morgan DeLand (Camillus, N.Y.) and Danielle Caivana (Frankfort, N.Y.) each hit double-figures. SUNY Poly pushes its record to 20-6 overall while the Cazenovia season ends at 10-15.

Game 2: No. 3 Morrisville State College 48, No. 2 Keuka College 73

Boxscore

Despite a 18-16 fourth quarter in favor of Morrisville State College, the Keuka College Wolves dominated much of the play Tuesday evening in a 73-48 win to advance to the NEAC Final Four. Keuka College junior guard Reighly Melochick (Minersville, Pa.) had a big night with 31 points and seven rebounds. Melochick set a new Wolves’ single-game record with nine three-pointers in the win. Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with 12 points while Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) hit a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Keuka College improves to 19-5 on the year while Morrisville State College ends the year at 14-12.

South Division

Game 3: No. 4 Penn State Abington 67, No. 1 Lancaster Bible 54

Boxscore

Despite trailing by as much as 11, Lancaster Bible cut the deficit to two and trailed Penn State Abington, 28-26, at the half. The Chargers took their first lead of the evening with 2:41 left in the third quarter on a Leah Steiner (New Holland, Pa.) layup but the Nittany Lions took a 41-38 lead into the fourth quarter and held on to upset the No. 1 South Seed, 67-54. Penn State Abington senior Grace Dewey (Falls Church, Va.) led the way with 16 points and 16 rebounds while Symantha Marrero (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Shayna Rodriguez (Philadelphia, Pa.) netted 16 points apiece. Lancaster Bible’s Caitlin Hickey (Lancaster, Pa.) scored a game-high 23 points while NEAC rebound leader Courtney Goyak (Pembine, Wis.) pulled down 19 boards. The Chargers fall to 17-9 in the loss while the Nittany Lions advance to the NEAC Final Four with a 14-11 overall record.

Game 4: No. 3 Penn State Berks 62, No. 2 Gallaudet University 67

Boxscore

Gallaudet University edged out Penn State Berks in three of four quarters en route to a 67-62 win in the NEAC First Round. Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) led all Bison players with 23 points and 16 rebounds while Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) added a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) also grabbed 16 rebounds for the Bison. Penn State Berks sophomore guard Kylie Herman (Shillington, Pa.) scored a game-high 29 points with 13 rebounds. Rookie Jennifer Martin (Shillington, Pa.) recorded a double-double of 10 points and 14 boards for the Nittany Lions. The Bison will take a 13-13 overall record into the NEAC Semifinals while the Nittany Lions see their season end with a 10-12 record.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.