NESCAC women's basketball quarterfinal preview
Hamilton College travels to Medford, Mass., and will take on Tufts University in the 2015 NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m.
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Hamilton (12-11, 3-7 NESCAC) is the No. 8 seed for the championship. The Continentals are playing in this event for the second straight year in their fourth season in the conference for basketball. Hamilton hosted Tufts on Feb. 6 and took the Jumbos to overtime before losing by the score of 73-66. The 66 points scored by the Continentals are the most by a Tufts opponent this season.
Sam Graber '16 leads Hamilton into the postseason. Graber tops the NESCAC in scoring with 17.4 points per game and is ranked third with 9.6 rebounds per game and fifth with 1.9 steals per game. She needs 33 points to become the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 for her career.
The nationally ranked No. 5 Jumbos (23-1, 10-0) are the No. 1 seed for the championship and have won 15 games in a row going into Saturday. Tufts captured the NESCAC title last year, was the top seed in 2013 and reached the championship game in 2012.
The Jumbos lead the conference in scoring defense -- allowing just 46.5 points per game. Hayley Kanner '15 tops the NESCAC with 2.4 blocked shots per game, Michela North '17 is No. 1 in field goal percentage at 58.2 percent and Hannah Foley leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.2 percent. Tufts owns a 9-1 record in the all-time series against the Continentals.
No. 8 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 12-11
Conference record (finish): 3-7 (Tie-7th place)
Head coach: Michelle Collins, 3rd season at Hamilton, 35-35 record (149-108 overall)
Championship tournament appearances: 2nd
Championship tournament titles: 0
Championship tournament record: 0-1
2014-15 result vs. Tufts: L, 73-66 in OT (Feb. 6 at Hamilton)
Road/Neutral record: 6-6
Points per game: 58.0
Points allowed per game: 57.3
Scoring leaders: Sam Graber ‘16 (17.4 ppg), Lauren Getman ‘18 (9.1)
Rebounding leaders: Graber (9.6 rpg), Getman (6.3)
Assist leaders: Caroline Barrett ’17 (70), Graber (51)
Three-point shooting leaders: Theresa Salud ’17 (40 of 111), Graber (35 of 107)
No. 1 seed TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Overall record: 23-1
Conference record (finish): 10-0 (1st place)
WBCA national ranking: 5th in Division III Top 25 poll
NCAA regional ranking: 1st in Northeast Region
Head coach: Carla Berube, 13th season at Tufts, 265-79 record
Championship tournament appearances: 14th
Championship tournament titles: One (2014)
Championship tournament record: 10-12
Home record: 10-0
Points per game: 67.0
Points allowed per game: 46.5
Scoring leaders: Michela North ’17 (13.9 ppg), Hayley Kanner ’15 (13.1), Hannah Foley ’15 (11.5)
Rebounding leaders: North (8.3 rpg), Foley (6.2), Kanner (6.2)
Assist leaders: Lauren Dillon ’18 (84), Foley (67)
Three-point shooting leaders: Foley (55 of 119)