NEC Women’s Basketball Championship: No. 1 Quinnipiac Hosts No. 4 Saint Francis U on Sunday Night at 5 PM; Televised Nationally on ESPNU / ESPN3

#1 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (29-2, 18-0 NEC) vs.
#4 Saint Francis University (17-14, 10-8 NEC)
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. SFU: 10-17
St. Francis Last Five: 3-2
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Television: ESPNU / ESPN3
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Tickets:
QuinnipiacBobcats.com
NEC Pre/Post Game Show: NEC Front Row
Watch Championship Online: ESPN3

Quinnipiac Game Notes
Saint Francis Game Notes

HAMDEN, Conn. – The top-seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will host the fourth-seed Saint Francis U in Sunday's Northeast Conference Championship game at 5:00 p.m. nationally televised on ESPNU/ESPN3. Be sure to tune in to NEC Front Row Live! presented by Pilot Pen at 4:00 p.m. for the pre-game show, then come back once a champion is crowned for all the post-game festivities. Action on ESPNU will begin promptly with tip-off. In addition, Hamden resident and "The Voice" contestant will be performing the national anthem prior to tip-off.

NEC Championship Ticket Prices
Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults (ages 18-65), $10.00 for children (ages 5-18) and senior citizens (ages 65+) and FREE for Quinnipiac students (with Q Card). Groups of 20 or more will received a discounted rate of $5.00 per ticket. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the NEC Tournament can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.

How The Bobcats Got Here…
It was a wild night of NEC women's semifinal hoops in Connecticut for sure.  Top-seeded Quinnipiac, fresh off an 18-0 NEC regular season and easy quarterfinal victory on Sunday, was pushed to the limit by #6 seed Mount St. Mary's, but ended the game on an 8-2 run to survive, 63-56.  QU's Jasmine Martin hit a key layup with under two minutes to go and led all players with 22 points. This is the program's third NEC Championship appearance for the Bobcats, looking for their first NCAA Tournament bid.

How The Red Flash Got Here…
Fourth-seeded Saint Francis U, which upset the second-seed Sacred Heart, 83-67, in the semifinals will join the Bobcats in Hamden. The Red Flash jumped out to a 20-point lead just ten minutes into the contest and never looked back, maintaining a double-digit lead throughout.  SFU's Rebecca Sparks led the way with 27 points, while All-NEC first teamer Alli Williams finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and six steals. SFU is in search of its 12th NEC Title on Sunday night.

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The Championship
As a result of its 18 conference wins, Quinnipiac serves as the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament while enjoying home-court advantage throughout the three-round postseason event. For the sixth year in a row, the 27th annual NEC Women's Basketball Championship Game will reach a live national television audience via ESPNU. The game, which will decide the recipient of the NEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will tip off on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 pm EST.

In The Regular Season
The Bobcats swept the regular season series between the two schools. Quinnipiac met Saint Francis U for the first time back in January and handed the Red Flash an 85-69 loss on their home court in Loretto, Pa. More recently, Quinnipiac hosted Saint Francis U on February 16 and came away with a similar result, a double-digit, 61-50, victory at the TD Bank Sports Center.

The Schedule

Quarterfinals

Sun.

Mar. 10

#1 Quinnipiac 79, #8 Bryant 55

FINAL | Box Score | Recap

   

#2 Sacred Heart 64, #7 St. Francis Brooklyn 38

FINAL | Box Score | Recap

   

#6 Mount St. Mary's 59, #3 Monmouth 57 (OT)

FINAL | Box Score | Recap

   

#4 Saint Francis U 66, #5 CCSU 63

FINAL | Box Score | Recap

Semifinals

Wed.

Mar. 13

#1 Quinnipiac 63, #6 Mount St. Mary's 56

FINAL | Box Score | Recap | Highlights

   

#4 Saint Francis U 83, #2 Sacred Heart 67

FINAL | Box Score | Recap | Highlights

Championship

Sun.

Mar. 17

#4 Saint Francis U at #1 Quinnipiac

4:00 pm - Watch NEC Front Row Live! Pregame Show
5:00 pm on ESPNU / ESPN3
Approx. 7 pm - Watch NEC Front Row Live! Postgame Show

 
2013 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
The winner of the NEC Championship game will earn an automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. The single-elimination playoff will be played from March 23 through April 9, 2013. There are 31 automatic bids available for conference champions and 33 at-large bids - to be selected by the NCAA committee.