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)
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:

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


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



Mar. 13

Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed



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




Mar. 17

Championship Game

5:00 pm on ESPNU







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