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USciences Women’s Basketball Wins Second Consecutive CACC Championship, Advance in NCAA Tournament

Published on March 5, 2018

USciences women's basketball team wins CACC Champs

The USciences women’s basketball team advanced in the NCAA DII Tournament to the program’s first ever East Region Final and Sweet 16 to cap an historic season for the squad.

The team knocked off  LIU Post 61-50 in the first round and defeated Bentley 61-54 in the second round, but fell to Stonehill in a 71-61 loss Monday night.

Entering the season with a lone NCAA Tournament win from last year, the team went 30-4 setting a school record for wins, regular season victories, the longest win streak and highest national ranking. 

"I am really proud of our team," said head coach Jackie Hartzell"(This year's seniors) have been amazing. They have put us on the map. It has been all about the team from day one, and that has definitely allowed us to be successful. Any success our program has moving forward is because of this senior class."

"Our work ethic and our determination to make this program into something special has worked. I think we put ourselves on the map," said senior guard Sarah Abbonizio DPT'20. "I really appreciate the coaching staff and everybody on the team; they are my best friends. I made a lot of relationships I would not have made had I not come, and I am really thankful for this opportunity."

The NCAA Tournament journey began with a 64-56 win over Jefferson in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship on March 3. The Devils marked their second consecutive trip to the “big dance” earning the No. 3 seed in the East region. 

USciences' Alex Thomas wins MVP honorsAlex Thomas DrOT’22 was named CACC Tournament MVP scoring a team high 17 points and earning her a place among the top ten all-time leading scorers in program history with 1,280 career points. Thomas has also tied for seventh in the single-season annals with 61 three-pointers.

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