The women’s basketball team will head to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the past five years after beating rival University of the Sciences, 74-73, in an overtime thriller in the CACC Championship. The No. 3 seed Rams, who have won a program-record 29 games this season, will play sixth-seeded Stonehill College on 12 p.m. on March 15 at USciences in the first round of the East Regional.
“I think what helps define this team is their deeply rooted friendship,” said head coach Tom Shirley. “They enjoy each other’s company and want to watch each other succeed.”
This win marked the third CACC title for the Rams (2008-09 and 2015-16). Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham and seniors Jessica Kaminski and Erin Maher were named to the All-CACC Tournament Team, with Kaminski earning Most Outstanding Player honors.
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will play in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, the 10th time under Shirley and the 12th time overall. The Rams went to the Final Four in 1986.
“Our goal from day one was to reach the regional final of the NCAA Tournament,” said Shirley, who has 777 career wins. “The team has put themselves in a position to accomplish that, and I’m extremely proud of their commitment to our objective.”
On the men’s side, the Rams lost to Dominican (N.Y.) in the CACC semifinal round. They ended their season with their eighth-straight trip to the conference semifinals and sixth consecutive 20-win season.
Tickets for the March 15 Jefferson-Stonehill game will be available at the door. They cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The game will be broadcast on the CACC Network, which is also available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.