AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College travels to St. Paul, Minnesota and St. Thomas (MN) for the Sectional Rounds of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball tournament, March 8-9 at Schoenecker Arena.
Amherst will face the host Tommies on Friday evening with the winner advancing to play the winner of Wartburg vs. Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Tournament Schedule (Times are EST)
Friday, March 8
6:30 p.m. No. 11/15 Wartburg vs. No. 13/13 UW-Oshkosh
9 p.m. No. 5/6 Amherst vs. No. 2/3 St. Thomas
Saturday, March 9
8 p.m. Elite Eight game
Tickets will go on sale at 4 p.m. on Friday. Prices are $7 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Once purchased, tickets are valid for both games on Friday.
On Saturday, tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m.
*No passes accepted
#6 Amherst College (25-3, 9-1 NESCAC, Pool C - At-Large Bid)
Amherst is making their 12th consecutive trip to the Sweet Sixteen and are looking for their fourth straight Final Four berth. The two-time defending national champions took care of business at home last weekend, defeating Husson 66-45 and Geneseo 58-46 in LeFrak Gymnasium to win the regional round. The Mammoths are making their 12th tournament appearance and have a 47-11 record in tournament play.
The Mammoths are the #5 team in the country in scoring defense, allowing 48.0 points per game to their opponents, a category they broke an NCAA D3 record in last year. Their +17.7 scoring margin is good for top-20 in the country and they are also among the best shot-blocking teams in the nation with 143 blocks, 5.1 per game.
The Amherst offense is led by two-time NESCAC All-Conference selections Maddie Eck '20 and Hannah Fox '20. Eck joined the 1,000 point club this year and is averaging 16.0 points per game. Fox broke a program record with a 43-point performance in a win over Westfield State at the D3Hoops.com classic in Las Vegas. Cam Hendricks '20 and Courtney Resch '22 average 1.3 blocks per game, with Hendricks leading the way on the glass (6.1 rebounds per game).
#2 St. Thomas College (28-1, 18-0 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Pool A - MIAC Champions)
The sharp-shooting Tommies are the top 3-point shooting team in the nation (40.4%) and the second-best field goal shooting team in the country, shooting 50.6% from the floor, while also among the top 15 teams in field goal percentage defense (32.4%). They are outscoring their opponents by 26.0 points per game and allowing just 49.5 points.
The shooting starts with natioanl leader Hannah Spaulding (69.4%), who averages 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Outside the arc, Lucia Renikoff is in the top ten in the country with a 43.5% three-point field goal percentage. Spaulding averages 2.21 blocked shots per game, while Kaia Porter shoots the ball at 56.9% and has 156 made field goals this year.
St. Thomas's only loss of the year came to Wartburg, who travels to St. Paul for this sectional as well. Since then, they have won 18 straight games and are 15-0 at home this season. They earned their spot in the Sweet 16 on their home floor with wins over RIpon (88-58) and Wisconsin Lutheran (67-51).
#11 Wartburg College (26-3, 15-1 American Rivers Conference, Pool A - ARC Champions)
This marks the fourth-straight and 13th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the program, and the third Sweet Sixteen game in the last four seasons. The Knights are 19-12 in the Big Dance and have advanced to two Final Fours.
Senior Adrienne Boettger (Cedar Falls) leads the team with 12.7 PPG and junior Emma Gerdes (Cedar Falls) follows at 11.7 PPG. Gerdes has a team-best 5.6 rebounds/game and 137 assists.
Boettger has a team-best .702 field goal percentage, while junior Amanda Brainerd (DeWitt) leads the team from beyond the arc (.439) and from the free throw line (.867).
#13 UW-Oshkosh (26-3, 12-2 WIAC, Pool A - WIAC Champions)
The Titans earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as they won the WIAC tournament championship. UW-Oshkosh advanced to the Sweet Sixteen on a last-second shot by Nikki Arneson to defeat DePauw, 54-52.
Isabella Samuels leads her team with 10.3 PPG. Melanie Schneider has a team-high 4.7 rebounds/game.