NEC Women's Basketball Falls to No. 9 Scranton in First Round of NCAA Tournament

NEC Women's Basketball Falls to No. 9 Scranton in First Round of NCAA Tournament

SCRANTON, PA - The No. 9 University of Scranton use a large third quarter to defeat the New England College women's basketball team 69-49 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Friday evening.

Following the game, the Pilgrims end their season at 19-10, while the Lady Royals improve to 26-2.

Rene Hudson was the lone Pilgrim in double-figures, with 13. Hudson also led the team with six rebounds and four assists. Kayla Goldring chipped in eight points and added two blocks.

Makenzie Mason led all scorer with 16 points while completing the double-double with 11 rebounds. Bridgette Mann, Hannah Kowalski, and Taylor Rodriguez all recorded 10+ points with 13, 12, and 11, respectively. Mann led the team with four assists, while Sofia Recupero had a pair of blocks.

New England College jumped out to the quick lead, as Jaz Laracuente hit a 15-foot jumper, 34 seconds into the game. The game would be back-and-forth, but with 1:06 left in the first quarter, Kayla Goldring hit a jumper, giving the Pilgrims a four-point lead (17-13) and they took that into the break.

The Lady Royals went on a run to begin the second to take a four-point lead (23-19) with 6:37 left in the second. Both teams traded buckets until the break, as Scranton headed into the halftime intermission up two (29-27).

Coming out of the break, the Lady Royals started to pull away as they went on an 11-2 run to begin the third, giving the hosts an 11-point advantage (40-29). Scranton outscored the Pilgrims 26-10 in the frame, giving them an 18-point lead (55-37) entering the final quarter.

In the fourth, New England College tried to cut into the deficit, but the Lady Royals were held off the Pilgrims efforts. 
-This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Scranton now leads the all-time series 1-0.  
-This was the first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Pilgrims.

Scranton will move on and take on John Hopkins on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m.