HENNIKER, N.H. – The New England College women's basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in 26 years and will head to face the University of Scranton this Friday, March 1 at John Long Center on the campus of the University of Scranton
The Pilgrims (19-9) won the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship for the first time with a 61-40 win over Becker College on Saturday afternoon at Bridges Gym. Junior Rene Hudson nearly collected a triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists to be named tournament MVP. Classmate Jaz Laracuentejoined Hudson on the all-tournament team with a 10-point performance in the championship game, to go along with three assists and three blocks.
This season, Hudson leads New England College and ranks second in the NECC in scoring at 18.3 ppg. The NECC Player of the Year also leads the Pilgrims in rebounds (5.6), steals (2.1) and is second in assists (3.3).
Laracuente found a spot on the New England Collegiate Conference all-conference third team after averaging 10.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. Junior Daiela Boutwell and freshman Kayla Goldring has been controlling the paint all year for NEC, as the duo has combined for 15.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
In Erica Ledy's 17th season at the helm, the Pilgrims led the NECC in points (70.3) and rebounds (44.9), while holding the opposition to 60.0 points per game.
This will mark the first meeting between the two schools in any sport.
The Royals boast a 25-2 record and champions for the fourth consecutive year of the Landmark Conference after defeating Elizabethtown, 68-48. Scranton is led in scoring by junior Mackenzie Mason (13.9 ppg), with Bridgette Mann (11.1) and Sofia Recupero (10.6) also averaging double-digit points. Mason leads the team in rebounds (7.5) and assists (3.2), while Emily Sheehan paces the team in steals (1.4)
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Courtesy of NEC Sports Information