The ECC will be well represented at the NCAA D-II Women’s tournament. Dowling, the ECC Tournament champion, along with LIU Post and the District of Columbia, which received at-large bids, will represent the conference in the tournament.
Dowling earned the ECC automatic bid after knocking off St. Thomas Aquinas, 59-54, in the tournament championship game on Sunday. Julia Koppl led the Golden Lions with 18 points, including four three-pointers. Koppl also had four blocked shots. Sarah Schicher added 13 points and Seja Gamble chipped in 10 points.
It’s Dowling’s first appearance in the tournament since 2003. The third-seeded Golden Lions (22-6) will take on No. 6 Holy Family in a quarterfinal on Friday at noon.
LIU Post (21-9) will take on Southern Connecticut in a quarterfinal on Friday at 2:30 p.m., while the District of Columbia (21-6) will face top-seeded Bentley at 6.
NCAA Division II East Region Women's Tournament at Bentley University
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 9, 2012
No. 3 Dowling (22-6) vs. No. 6 Holy Family (24-7), 12:00 p.m.
No. 2 Southern Connecticut St. (24-5) vs. No. 7 C.W. Post (21-9), 2:30 p.m.
No. 1 Bentley (27-3) vs. No. 8 District of Columbia (21-6), 6 p.m.
No. 4 Pace (20-8) vs. No. 5 Franklin Pierce (19-9), 8:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 10, 2011
No. 3-No. 6 winner vs. No. 2-No. 7 winner, 5:00 p.m.
No. 1-No. 8 winner vs. No. 4-No. 5 winner, 7:30 p.m.
Championship – Monday, March 12, 2011
Winner advances to Elite Eight in San Antonio, Texas, March 20-23.