Women’s Basketball Season Ends in NCAA Tournament Second Round


Published on March 11, 2017

CACC ChampsThe USciences women's basketball season came to an end following a second round loss to second seeded Queens College on Saturday, 77-67, in the NCAA DII Tournament. The Devils closed to within six late in the second half, after falling behind by as much as 18 points, before the Knights put the game away. Sarah Abbonizio DPT'20 led all Devils scorers with all 16 points coming in the second half in the game at the Adelphi University Center for Recreation and Sport in Garden City, N.Y.

The Devils end their season at 27-6, along with a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season south and tournament championship title. 

The Devils had advanced in the NCAA DII Tournament after a 73-66 win over Bentley University in the first round on Friday. Throughout the game, the team, seeded No. 6, never let No. 3 Bentley University have control of the scoreboard after jumping out to an early 17-10 lead in the first quarter. As the No. 1 scoring defense in the country, USciences held Bentley to just 25 percent shooting through the first 10 minutes, taking a 30-26 lead into the half. Coming out of the break, the Devils would go on to outscore Bentley 20-12 in the third quarter

The victory is the first-ever NCAA Tournament win for USciences, which had gone 0-2 in previous appearances.

The Devils sealed their invitation to the "big dance" with a commanding 72-57 win over host Caldwell University in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship final on March 5.

All-Tournament Team honoree Alex Thomas DrOT'22 led the Devils scoring with 17 points, while Abbonizio was named Tournament MVP. This is the third conference championship for USciences women's basketball with titles also in 2004 and 2006.

Check out the full Division II bracket on NCAA.com and visit devilsathletics.com for continuing coverage.

Cutting down the nets


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