Philadelphia, PA - Holy Family University and Nyack College have earned the top seeds for this week's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Basketball Tournament. Holy Family is ranked 15th in the country and second in the region with a 26-1 overall record and a perfect 19-0 mark in conference play. The tournament is slated to begin Tuesday, March 2, with quarter-final games tipping off at 7:00 pm at the gyms of the higher seeds.
Holy Family recently broke the NCAA Division II record for consecutive regular-season conference victories. The record now stands at 103 and the Tigers have also won 65 straight regular-season home games. Furthermore, the Holy Family is riding a 26-game win streak this season since dropping its season opener. Leading the way for Holy Family is junior forward Catherine Carr, who ranks third in the conference in scoring per-game (17.6), 19th in rebounding (6.1), 11th in field-goal percentage (.437), eighth in assists (3.63), and third in assist:turnover ratio (1.61). Carr was the 2008-09 CACC Player of the Year. Senior forward Christine McCollum ranks 17th in the CACC in scoring (10.9), seventh in rebounding (8.1), 10th in assists (3.48) and second in three-point field-goal percentage (.406).
Holy Family will host the South's No. 4 seed, Wilmington University, in Tuesday's quarter-final round at 7:00 pm. The Tigers will be looking for revenge on Tuesday, as Wilmington upset Holy Family in last season's opening round in Philadelphia. The Wildcats advancing to the CACC Championship game before falling to Philadelphia. Holy Family has had little trouble with the Wildcats this season, winning by scores of 74-58 and 73-57.
Wilmington will be led by senior forward and two-time first team All-CACC pick, Amelia Simmons, who leads the CACC in scoring with 22.1 ppg and three-point field-goal percentage at 46.5-percent. She also stands third with 9.7 rpg, fourth in field-goal percentage (.494), fifth in free-throw percentage (.819) and 15th in blocks (0.81). WU went 12-7 in conference play and is 15-12 overall.
Nyack garnered the top seed in the North Division behind a 13-6 conference record, its best finish since joining NCAA Division II. The team is 18-11 overall. The Warriors display a balanced scoring attack with four players averages between 10.0 and 13.5 ppg. Junior Victoria Sweet leads the way with 13.2 ppg and she paces the conference with 10.3 rebounds per-contest. Senior Shelly Yount leads the CACC in blocks with 2.03 per-game, while senior guard Jasmine Minter ranks third with 4.79 assists per-game.
Nyack will face Caldwell College in the quarter-final round on Tuesday. The Warriors defeated the Cougars twice this season, by two points (63-61) back on Jan. 11, and by a 60-41 count in Nyack on Jan. 28. Caldwell is led by junior guard Kirsty Leedham, who stands second in the conference in scoring with 19.8 ppg. She also ranks sixth in free-throw percentage (.810), seventh in steals (1.88) and third in three-pointers made per-game (2.15). Senior Abena George is the league-leader in steals with 2.85 per-contest, while freshman Gillian Felix ranks ninth with 7.3 rpg.
Philadelphia will serve as the No. 2 seed in the South after winning eight of its final 11 conference match-ups to finish 13-6 in conference play and 15-12 overall. The Lady Rams are paced by senior center Jessica Romano, who was named the 2008-09 CACC Tournament MVP after leading the Lady Rams to the title. This season, she ranks fourth in the conference in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (8.9), 10th in field-goal (.439) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.805). Senior Kate Brennan check in with an average of 14.3, which places her eighth in the conference, and she leads with a free-throw percentage of 85.7. Senior Nina Brascetta leads the conference with 5.59 assists per-contest, while sophomore Christine Wooding stands sixth in field-goal percentage (.483).
Philadelphia will host Goldey-Beacom in a quarter-final contest Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The Lady Rams and Lightning met last Tuesday at PhilaU, with GBC earning a 65-59 triumph. The Lady Rams won the other meeting, 71-69, back on Dec. 8 in Wilmington. Just like Philadelphia, GBC finished the season on a tear by winning eight of its last 10 conference games to finish with a 12-7 conference record and 16-11 overall. Sophomore Jacinda Jones ranks fifth in the CACC in scoring (16.0), while freshman Devonne Richardson and junior Janae Weldon add 10.7 and 10.2 ppg, respectively. Richardson also ranks second in the CACC in rebounding (9.9).
Dominican clinched the No. 2 seed in the North, overcoming a six-game losing streak in February to win its last four contests to finish 11-8 in conference play and 14-13 overall. The Chargers are led in scoring by senior guard Rachelle Sainten at 14.1 ppg, which puts her ninth in the conference. Senior Adele Laskowski chips in 9.9 ppg, while freshman Shannon Lavelle adds 8.8 ppg. DC ranks only 10th in the conference in scoring as a team (59.4 ppg), but stands fourth in scoring defense by allowing only 59.9 ppg.
Dominican will host No. 3 Bloomfield on Tuesday. The two squads split their season series, with BC winning the most recent game on Feb. 4 by a score of 66-42. The Chargers got past the Deacons on their home court back on Jan. 7, 70-61. Bloomfield is led by junior center Tiffany McDaniel, who ranks 21st in the CACC in scoring (10.5), fifth in rebounds (8.7) and blocks (1.30) and second in field-goal percentage (.565). Bloomfield, which has lost two straight games, went 11-8 in conference play and 11-15 overall this season.
2009-10 CACC Women's Basketball Tournament
Quarter-Finals - Tuesday, March 2
N#4 Caldwell at N#1 Nyack - 7:00 pm
N#3 Bloomfield at N#2 Dominican - 7:00 pm
S#4 Wilmington at S#1 Holy Family - 7:00 pm
S#3 Goldey-Beacom at S#2 Philadelphia - 7:00 pm
Semi-Finals - Friday, March 5 at Caldwell College
TBA - 5:00 pm (highest seed)
TBA - 7:00 pm
Championship Game - Saturday, March 6 at Caldwell College
TBA - 7:00 pm