NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – For the first time in nine seasons, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team will be at home in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs.
The Corsairs will host a post-season game for the first time since the 2003-04 season when they play UMass Boston Tuesday evening. Game time at the Tripp Athletic Center is 7:00 p.m.
UMass Dartmouth enters the game as the third seed in the conference tournament. They finished the regular season at 18-6 overall and 8-6 in Little East Conference play, and finished in a three-way tie for third place with Eastern Connecticut State and Rhode Island College. The Corsairs earned the third seed on the basis of their 3-1 record against the tied teams, as they swept the series against the Anchorwomen and split with the Warriors.
The seed is the second highest for UMass Dartmouth in the history of the tournament. The Corsairs were seeded second in the second year of the tournament, 1987-88 when they were known as Southeastern Massachusetts. They finished 18-8 overall and 7-3 in LEC play, tying for second place with Eastern Connecticut State. The 18 wins equals their highest total of victories in a season since they joined the LEC, and their eight conference wins are a high water mark for UMD in Little East Conference play.
UMass Boston, the sixth seeded team, enters tournament play with an overall record of 14-11 and a 6-8 LEC mark. The teams split their regular season series, with the Beacons winning at home, 76-73 on January 22nd, and the Corsairs returning the favor, 65-58, at the Tripp Center last week.
"We have won three of our last four games, and have our eyes set on a title," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We will take one game at a time, and call upon the many lessons learned this season. Earning the third seed is a testament to the efforts we've put forth over the last five seasons, and is about the players who believed we could elevate our status in the LEC and rewrite the record books. We have matched our highest win total in program history, and set a record for conference wins in a season. After being picked fifth in the pre season poll, we have surpassed all expectations. We are excited to get started in the playoffs."
The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the Final Four this weekend, which will be hosted by the highest remaining seed. Southern Maine enters the tournament as the top seed and needs to defeat Plymouth State Tuesday to host the Final Four.
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