Women's Basketball earns ECAC Tournament bid
For the first time in program history, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team earned a bid to the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament as selected by the committee early Monday afternoon.
The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) member Storm (16-10) will face off with the tournament's number one seed of Gwynedd-Mercy College (21-6) who were the runners-up in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. The Griffins host the Storm in Gywnedd Valley, Pa. at a time to be determined on March 5. The tournament is an eight-team field with quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds.
In other first round contests on Wednesday, the second seed University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (22-6), also a member of the AMCC and the team who defeated the Storm in AMCC Tournament semifinal action this past Friday, will face No. 7 Misericordia College (19-8) at 7 p.m. at Greensburg. No. 3 Lebanon Valley College (22-5) plays No. 6 Dickinson College (16-9) at Lebanon Valley and Washington & Jefferson College (20-7) will take on Moravian College (16-10) at 7 p.m. in the No. 4/No. 5 match-up at Washington & Jefferson.
The first-round winners will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, March 8 at the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals. The winner of Gwnedd-Mercy/Lake Erie will face the winner of Washington & Jefferson/Moravian in one semifinal, and the winner of Pitt-Greensburg/Misericordia will play the winner of Lebanon Valley/Dickinson in the other semifinal. The semifinal winners will meet Sunday, March 9 for the championship.
Lake Erie has recorded its best season in 28 years of existence, winning more games than ever before, while also posting its first above .500 record in program history. The Storm earned its highest conference finish in a second-place tie with a record of 14-4. The team also strung together a record eight-game winning streak this season on its way to earning only its second AMCC Tournament appearance. Lake Erie earned a first-round bye in the conference tourney which was another first for the program. They were defeated in the semifinals by Pitt-Greensburg, 74-63 despite defeating the Bobcats twice in the regular season.