SUNY Geneseo is pleased to serve as a host of the first and second rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball tournament at the Carl Schrader Gymnasium. The four-team pod features the Medaille College Mavericks (22-4) versus the Babson College Beavers (27-0) on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m., with the SUNY Geneseo Blue Knights (25-3) taking on the DeSales University Bulldogs (19-8) at 8 p.m. The winners will play on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
Tickets to the contests are $6 for adults and $3 for students with I.D. and senior citizens and are available at the door beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Friday and at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The department of intercollegiate athletics and recreation will provide a FREE ticket to the first 300 SUNY Geneseo students with I.D.
Athletic communications for the event can be found at the links below and include LIVE STATS and an internet radio broadcast provided by SUNY Geneseo's student radio station, 89.3 WGSU.
Medaille College Mavericks vs. Babson College Beavers, 6 p.m.
Medaille Team Preview (provided by Michael Carbery, Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information)
The Medaille College women's basketball team is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and they are doing so via an "at large" berth, which makes them the first Medaille team to reach the tournament without the automatic qualifier. The Lady Mavs will look to improve upon their second round exit from the tournament in 2010. The Lady Mavs finished the season at 22-4 overall and 16-2 in the Allegany Mountain College Conference, which earned them a share of the conference title, giving them five regular season titles in the past six seasons.
The Lady Mavs relied on young and old to lead them throughout the season. Senior Amanda Sahhar played very well down the stretch and earned Third team All-Conference honors. A pair of freshman began their Medaille careers with tremendous rookie campaigns as Bianca Smiley, who collected First team All-Conference & Co-Newcomer of the Year recognition, and Joelle Pollak, who garnered Third team All-Conference, were the team's top two scorers.
Babson Team Preview (provided by Chris Buck, Sports Information Director)
The champions of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), Babson is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the sixth in the 37-year history of the program. Boasting a perfect record of 27-0, the Beavers, ranked fourth in the nation by USA Today/ESPN and fifth by D3hoops.com, join the women of Thomas More and Denison as the only remaining unbeaten teams in all of Division III basketball.
Junior All-American and two-time NEWMAC Player of the Year Nicki Wurdeman leads Babson and averages 19.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. The Beavers rank second in the nation in scoring defense (46.7 pa/g), field goal percentage defense (30.0%), and rebound margin (+13.1), fifth in field goal percentage (46.1%), and sixth in blocks per game (3.7).
SUNY Geneseo Blue Knights vs. DeSales University Bulldogs, 8 p.m.
Geneseo Team Preview (provided by George Gagnier, Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information)
Geneseo won their first SUNYAC regular season title since 2003 and their first tournament title since 1996 to qualify for the national tournament for the sixth time. Geneseo made five straight NCAA Division III tournament appearances from 1993-97. After dropping two straight games in Rochester's prestigious Wendy's College Classic, the Blue Knights won 21 of 22 games, including three in the SUNYAC tournament, and reeled off 15 straight before a 53-47 loss at New Paltz on February 12.
Geneseo's balanced attack features five players who average between 9.1 and 11.4 points per game and the Blue Knights rank seventh in Division III in field goal percentage defense (32.0%). Senior Alyssa Polosky and junior Bri Dunton earned first team All-SUNYAC and senior Khadija Campbell claimed second team All-SUNYAC and SUNYAC All-Tournament. Senior Brittany Finkle was the SUNYAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and sophomore Melissa Graham collected SUNYAC All-Tournament recognition as all five Geneseo starters claimed postseason awards.
DeSales Team Preview (provided by BJ Spigelmyer, Sports Information Director)
The DeSales University women's basketball team enters its fourth straight and 11th overall NCAA Tournament with a 19-8 overall record, having won their fourth straight Freedom Conference Championship to claim the conference's automatic bid into the "Big Dance". DSU has won five straight and nine of its last 10 games after starting the season with a 6-6 record.
Senior Lori Lidlow, who was named to the All-Freedom Conference First team for the second straight year, leads the Bulldogs. Lidlow averages a team-best 16.9 points per game and has a team-high 58 steals. Freshman Sondrine Glovas earned Freedom Conference Playoff Most Valuable Player honors after averaging 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, junior Cherelle Simmons, an All-Freedom Conference Second-teamer, led the Freedom Conference in rebounding (9.9 RPG) and totals 8.8 points per game, and fellow junior Hannah Smith is tops in assists with 125 (4.6 APG).