Philadelphia Sports Day

USciences Hosts D2 Regional Fri, Sat, Mon

Ellen O'Brien, CACC

It’s been an historic season for the USciences (29-2) and Jefferson (29-2) women’s basketball teams. And there are still more chapters to be written.

This weekend, the #1 seeded Devils and #3 Rams are among the eight teams vying for a spot in the NCAA Division II women’s basketball Elite Eight in Columbus, Ohio, later this month. Beginning today, the squads, ranked 6th and 12th in the nation, respectively, will take on the rest of the East Region’s top squads in what should be an exciting three days (today, Saturday, Monday) at the USciences campus.

Adding to the intrigue is the possibility of a fourth matchup between the two Philadelphia and CACC neighbors, with Coach Tom Shirley‘s Jefferson squad handing Jackie Hartzell’s Devils their only two defeats of the season, halting UScience’s bid for a third straight league crown. USciences, which takes on #8 NYIT at 5 p.m. ET, still claimed the #1 seed and right to host, edging Bentley University which earned the #2 nod and will take on #7 St. Anselm at 2:30 p.m. in the fourth matchup of the season between the Northeast 10 Conference squads.

Jefferson will battle #6 Stonehill in the day’s first contest, at noon ET. The Rams feature four players averaging 13.5 points or better in CACC Player of the Year Jess Kaminsky (16.5 ppg), Caitlin Cunningham (16.6), Alynna Williams (14.3) and Beverly Kum (13.5). Shirley, in his 30th year at the school known as Philadelphia University (nee Philadelphia Textile), is among the national leaders in fewest fouls and fewest turnovers, a formula that led them to a second-place regular season finish and helped in a thrilling, 74-73 win over USciences in the final on Sunday in Caldwell, N.J.

USciences is paced by First Team All-CACC performers Irisa Ye and Alex Thomas as well as third teamer Jordan Vitelli. Coach Hartzell’s team is 86-12 in the past three years, including 51-6 in CACC play over that span, with three NCAA appearances and two league crowns.

In the other matchup on Friday, #4 Le Moyne (24-5) takes on #5 St. Thomas Aquinas (26-4) at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can also watch the games streaming live for free on the CACC Network.

Friday, March 15 (East Region Quarterfinals (First Round))

Game 1 (12:00 p.m.): No. 3 (#10) Jefferson (29-2, CACC Tournament champion) vs. No. 6 Stonehill (19-9, NE10 at-large)

Game 2 (2:30 p.m.): No. 2 (#12) Bentley (28-3, NE10 at-large) vs. No. 7 St. Anselm (19-9, NE10 at-large)

Game 3 (5:00 p.m.): No. 1 (#6) USciences (29-2, CACC at-large) vs. No. 8 NYIT (23-8, ECC Tournament champion)

Game 4 (7:30 p.m.): No. 4 (#RV) Le Moyne (24-5, NE10 Tournament champion) vs. No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas (26-4, ECC at-large)

Saturday, March 16 (East Region Semifinals (Second Round))

Game 5 (5:00 p.m.): Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner

Game 6 (7:30 p.m.): Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Monday, March 18 (East Region Final (Sweet 16))

Game 7 (7:00 p.m.): Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner

(#) – WBCA National Ranking

Cover Image: Credit Ellen O'Brien, CACC

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