Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Monday, March 2, 2009
TUFTS EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT NCAA BERTH,
PLAYS AT MORAVIAN ON FRIDAY
|Junior Casey Sullivan and the rest of the
Jumbos play at Moravian in the NCAA's on Friday
-- The Tufts University women's basketball team, which made a run to
the "Elite Eight" in its first NCAA Tournament appearance last
season, has earned its second consecutive NCAA berth for the 2008-09
season. Announced today, the Jumbos were awarded a Pool C (at-large)
invitation into the tournament as part of a 63-team field that
begins play later this week.
Tufts (21-4) will travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for its
first-round game at and against Moravian College (21-6) on Friday
night (Mar. 6). Game time is 7:00 pm. The College of New Jersey (23-4) and DeSales
University (23-4) will meet in the other first-round game at
Moravian on Friday at 5:00 pm. The winners of the first round games
will meet in the second round on Saturday (Mar. 7).
Coach Carla Berube's Jumbos finished third in the New England Small
College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this season, behind NCAA
Tournament first-round hosts Bowdoin and Amherst. Tufts' four losses
are against Amherst (twice), NCAA qualifier Brandeis and Colby.
Along with a conference win at Bowdoin, Tufts had victories over
other NCAA qualifiers Eastern Connecticut and Emmanuel.
the Jumbos ran off wins against Wheaton (Mass.), Mount St. Mary and
Mary Washington in the NCAA's before losing at Messiah in the
Moravian will be making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Division
III Tournament and second in the last four years. The Greyhounds are
7-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, playing for the national
championship in 1991-92 and reaching the "Sweet 16" in 1990-91 and
NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket