RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's basketball team has qualified for the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship tournament as the No. 4 seed from the North Division.
Felician (10-16, 8-11) reaches the CACC playoffs for first time since 2014, and the fourth occasion in the 10-year tenure of head coach Steve Fagan. Tonight, the Golden Falcons will travel to Philadelphia to take on South Division No. 1 seed University of the Sciences in first-round postseason action at Bobby Morgan Arena on the USciences campus. Tipoff time is 7 p.m.
More information about the 2018 CACC Women's Basketball Championship tournament is available at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/wbkb/2017-18/releases/224Champ.
Felician is making its 10th CACC tournament appearance overall, and is seeking its first championship. The Golden Falcons were the runners-up in 2000, but have not won a playoff game since. This season, they rank 11th in the 14-team CACC in scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense, and are 7-7 in true road games.
Junior Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) averages a team-high 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) contributes 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.1 steals per game, mostly off the bench, but has missed eight games due to injury. She is probable for tonight. Freshman guard Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) averages 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.
USciences (25-3, 17-2) entered last week ranked No. 11 in the national Division II media poll and No. 16 by the coaches. The Devils have won two CACC championships, most recently in 2006, and are 14-1 at home this season. Senior guard Sarah Abbonizio (West Chester, Pa./Episcopal Academy) earned the CACC Player of the Year Award after averaging 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists. All-league guard Alex Thomas (Hockessin, Del./St. Elizabeth) scores 15.4 points per game. USciences tops the conference with 291 three-point field goals (10.4 per game).
"USciences has many players that shoot the three-pointer well," said Felician senior forward Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy). We have to be conscious of that. They are a great team, but we are a great team as well and we will be ready to play."
USciences won the 2017-18 regular-season meeting between the schools, 63-51, on January 20 in Rutherford, N.J. The Devils lead the all-time series, 28-5. The Devils and Golden Falcons have met three times previously in the CACC Tournament, all in the quarterfinals, and USciences is 3-0.
"I am very excited to finally be able to play in the playoffs," Foster said. "We have all worked so hard to get to this point, and finally being a part of the playoff atmosphere is truly a blessing."
Directions to the University of the Sciences are available at http://www.devilsathletics.com/information/directions/Campus_Venues. Ticket prices for tonight's game are $6 for adults and $3 for children, students (with ID) and senior citizens (cash only). Children age three years and under will be admitted free.
USciences will also offer Live Stats at http://www.devilsathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180227_q252.xml and a live webstream at https://boxcast.tv/view/no-11-womens-basketball-vs-felician-cacc-quarterfinal-771560.
The Jefferson Rams will host the semifinals and finals of the CACC Championship tournament at the Gallagher Center in Philadelphia. Tonight's winner will take on the Chestnut Hill College-Caldwell University first-round winner on Saturday at either noon or 2 p.m.
The 2018 CACC Championship Game is slated for Sunday, March 4, at noon on the Jefferson campus.