William Smith, Bowdoin, and Messiah will converge on the University of Scranton this weekend for the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament. The survivor will earn a trip to Virginia Beach and a shot at the national championship.
The Herons and Polar Bears will kickoff the weekend's action at 6 p.m., on March 11, with the Falcons and the Lady Royals to follow at 8 p.m. The winners will meet for the sectional championship at 7 p.m., on March 12. The doors of the Long Center will open one hour prior to the start of the first game on both days.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, students, and children. A limited number of advance sale tickets will be available for purchase through the William Smith Athletics Department. Beginning at 1 p.m., on March 8, fans can purchase tickets in Winn-Seeley Gym, Room 101. Ticket sales will continue on March 9 and March 10 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the William Smith Athletics Department at (315) 781-3500.
The Herons advanced to their fourth sectional semifinal and first since 1999 by knocking off Oswego State (24-4) 68-58. William Smith held the Lakers without a point over the final 6:58 of the second half. First-year guard Marisa Vespa (Immaculate Heart/ Watertown, N.Y.) led all scorers with 15 points, including a 9-of-13 performance from the free-throw line.
William Smith's opponent in the round of 16, Bowdoin (25-2), stamped its ticket to Scranton with a 69-46 win over Alvernia (24-6). The Polar Bears were led by the 25-point effort of sophomore forward Eileen Flaherty.
Fans traveling to Scranton this weekend can find directions, hotel and restaurant information on the University of Scranton Web site at http://academic.uofs.edu/department/athletics/womens_basketball.html.
For those unable to make the trip, WEOS-FM (89.7/90.3 in Geneva, 88.1 in Ithaca) will carry of the action. Outside the listening area, fans can listen to the broadcast online by clicking on the live audio link on the William Smith basketball schedule (www.hws.edu/herons/basketball/schedule.asp) or by visiting WEOS directly at www.weos.org.