Green Terror seeks fourth women's basketball title in eight years
WESTMINSTER, Md. - McDaniel will travel to Allentown, Pa., in search of its fourth Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball championship this weekend.
The third-seeded Green Terror (18-6, 16-4 CC) faces second-seeded Gettysburg (22-3, 17-3 CC) in Saturday's second semifinal, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. or 30 minutes upon the conclusion of the day's first semifinal. McDaniel swept the season series, including by an 82-70 margin in the season finale last Saturday.
The day's first semifinal pits host and top-seeded Muhlenberg (20-4, 17-3 CC) against the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between the fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins (15-9, 13-7 CC) and fifth-seeded Dickinson (16-8, 12-8 CC). That game tips off at 2 p.m.
The championship game will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Admission for all games is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Youths 12 and under as well as students from participating institutions, who present their ID, are free.
The tournament's champion will earn the CC's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on Friday, Mar. 5. The NCAA field will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
McDaniel is seeking its fourth CC championship in the last eight years and fifth berth in the NCAA tournament. The Green Terror claimed the conference crown and NCAA bid in 2002, 2004 and 2005. The squad also earned an at-large bid in 2007.
Muhlenberg is in search of its sixth CC title while Johns Hopkins seeks its fifth. Dickinson goes for its second conference crown. Gettysburg seeks its first conference title.
Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) leads the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and steals (61) while ranking second in assists (71) and field-goal percentage (.454). She is also fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg).
Katelyn Fischer (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) ranks second on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and 3-pointers (29) while leading the team in assists (80) and field-goal percentage (.487).
Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) ranks third on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg), leading the team in both rebounding (6.4 rpg) and blocked shots (52).