NEC Women's Basketball Tournament: No. 1 Quinnipiac Hosts No. 8 Bryant on Sunday at 2 PM

No. 1 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (27-2, 18-0 NEC) vs.
No. 8 Bryant University Bulldogs (12-17, 8-10 NEC)
Date:
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Bryant: 19-19
Last Meeting: February 25, 2013 (W, 74-61)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Bryant Last Five: 2-3
Live Online Video: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

HAMDEN, Conn. – In search of its first Northeast Conference Championship in program history, the top-seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team (27-2, 18-0 NEC) will begin its journey on Sunday, March 10, 2013 with the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Bobcats will take on the eighth-seeded Bryant Bulldogs (12-17, 8-10 NEC) at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

Quinnipiac, which also won a share of the 2007-08 NEC regular season crown, defeated St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday night, March 4 to move to 27-2 overall and complete a perfect 18-0 run through its league schedule. The Bobcats, whose 27 victories are the most in NEC single-season history, are the fourth team in the conference's 27-year history of women's basketball to make it through an 18-game league slate unscathed. The Bobcats made it through to the Championship Game once before, falling to Sacred Heart, 69-65, in 2006.

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The Tournament
As a result of its 18 conference wins, Quinnipiac will be the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament while enjoying home-court advantage throughout the three-round postseason event. No. 2 Sacred Heart (21-9, 13-5), No. 3 Monmouth (15-14, 12-6) and No. 4 Saint Francis U (15-14, 10-8) will join the top-seeded Bobcats in hosting a quarterfinal contest. All NEC Tournament games will be played at the home sites of the higher-seeded teams.

The 27th annual NEC Women's Basketball Championship will commence on March 10 with quarterfinal round play with the semifinals following on March 13. For the sixth year in a row, the NEC Women's Basketball Championship Game will reach a live national television audience via ESPNU. The game, which will decide the recipient of the NEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will tip off on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 pm EST.

Fans can watch quarterfinal round play on NEC Front Row. For the semifinals, the NEC and Pack Network are teaming up to provide premium broadcasts containing fan-friendly features such as instant replay and HD quality (free-of-charge).

The Match-Up
While Quinnipiac made NEC history on the regular season's final day, so did the Bobcats' NEC quarterfinal round opponent. Eligible for the postseason for the first time as a Division I member, No. 8 Bryant (12-17, 8-10) needed overtime to defeat Robert Morris and clinch the final spot in the eight-team NEC Tournament bracket. Mary Burke's Bulldogs have played a full Division I schedule for five straight years and have never finished with fewer than 10 wins.

2012-13 Meetings: QU 85, BRY 62 (Jan. 14); QU 74, BRY 61 (Feb. 25)

The Schedule

Sun.

Mar. 10

#8 Bryant at #1 Quinnipiac

2:00 pm | Watch Live | Live Stats

   

#7 St. Francis Brooklyn at #2 SHU

2:00 pm | Watch Live | Live Stats

   

#3 Mount St. Mary's at #3 Monmouth

3:00 pm | Watch Live | Live Stats

   

#5 CCSU at #4 Saint Francis U

3:00 pm | Watch Live | Live Stats

Semifinals

Wed.

Mar. 13

Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed

TIME TBA

   

2nd Highest remaining seed vs. 2nd Lowest Remaining Seed

TIME TBA

Championship

Sun.

Mar. 17

Championship Game

5:00 pm on ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu