2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional Central & Teams Preview

2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional Central & Teams Preview

AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst College will host an NCAA women's basketball regional with two games on Friday, March 2 and one game on Saturday, March 3rd at LeFrak Gymnasium. Amherst will host Becker College, with the winner taking on the winner of UMass Boston vs Saint Joseph's College.


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Friday, March 2nd - Saint Joseph's (ME) vs UMass Boston, 5 PM                      Final: Saint Joseph's 61, UMass Boston 56
Friday, March 2nd - Amherst vs Becker, 7 PM                                                Final: Amherst 61, Becker 12
Saturday, March 3rd - Amherst vs Saint Joseph's, 6 PM                                  Final: Amherst 53, Saint Joseph's 47

Ticket Information:  Adults ($7)  -  Students & Sr. Citizens ($4)  -  Children Ages Below 2 (FREE) - Amherst Students w/ valid ID (FREE)

One ticket good for both games on Friday. Separate admission for Saturday's game.

Tickets will be on sale at the door beginning one hour prior to each session. Cash only.


3165 No. 1 Amherst College Mammoths (27-0, NESCAC Champions)

Location: Amherst, Mass.
Coach: G.P. Gromacki (11st season, 322-24 since joining Amherst)

Tournament History: The defending national champions captured their third straight NESCAC championship on Sunday with a 44-40 victory over Tufts University in the championship game. Amherst is making their eleventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance, where they have a record of 39-11 with two national championships and seven NCAA Final Four trips. They have won 60 straight games heading into this weekend, this year eclipsing the previous program record of 50. 

What to Know About the Mammoths: 
Amherst is the top defensive team in the country, allowing 39.4 points per game and holding opponents to 28.4 percent shooting from the floor. Amherst averages 62.2 ppg on 43% shooting. NESCAC All-Conference Players Madeline Eck '20 and Hannah Fox '20 lead the Mammoths offensivly with 11.8 and 11.4 ppg, respectivly. 

Becker College Hawks (18-10, NECC Champions)

Location: Worcester, Mass.
Coach: David Bostick (4th season, 42-63 at Becker heading into this weekend)

Tournament History:The Becker College women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2008. The Hawks earned their bid with a stunning victory in the New England Collegiate Conference finals on Saturday. The third seeded Hawks upset #1 Newbury 60-50 after also knocking off #2 Mitchell 75-50 in Thursday's semifinals.

What to Know About the Hawks: Becker is led by sophomore guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.), who claimed the NECC Tournament Most Valuable Player Award with her 23 points in the championship game. Junior forward Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) was also named to the All-Tournament team, returning from an injury early in the season to score 16 points with eight rebounds in the finals.

Saint Joseph's College Monks (27-1, GNAC Champions)

Location: Standish, Maine
Coach: Mike McDevitt (25th season, 478-184 at Saint Joseph's entering the weekend)

Tournament History: The Monks earned an automatic bid for the third-consecutive season after defeating Suffolk University 73-59 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship. This will be the first meeting between Saint Joseph's and UMass Boston since 1988.

What to Know About the Monks: The Monks hold a +25.3 scoring differential on the year. They average 76.1 ppg on 44.8% shooting. The Monks are led offensivly by Kelsi McNamara and Julia Champagne who average 18.7 and 12.9 ppg respectivly. Saint Joseph's is on a 26 game winning streak, with their only loss this season coming at a neutral site to Babson. 

UMass Boston Beacons (25-3, LEC Champions)

Location: Boston, Mass.
Coach: Kristina Baugh (3rd season, 50-32 at UMass Boston entering the weekend)

Tournament History: UMass Boston earned their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament after defeating top-seeded UMass Dartmouth 65-56 on Saturday in the Little East Conference Championship Game. This was UMass Boston's first ever LEC title. The Beacons closed out the game on a 15-2 run to hand the Corsairs their first conference loss of the season. Freshman forward Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament, after recording a game-high 26 points and team-best nine rebounds in the win.

What to Know About the Beacons: UMass Boston enters the NCAA Tournament with a 25-3 record and six-consecutive victories. UMass Boston defeated two teams in the 64-team field during the regular season: MIT and Becker College. The Beacons average 70.9 ppg and are 2-1 at neutral sites this season. The Beacons are led offensivly by Joie Grassi who averages 15.8 ppg on 49.4 % shooting. Freshman center Shania Osborne pitches in defensivly averaging 1.3 blocks per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.