Join Bucknell Women's Basketball Team in Selection Show Viewing on Monday
March 13, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Thanks to a convincing 57-45 victory over Holy Cross in the Patriot League championship game, the Bucknell women's basketball team earned its second NCAA Tournament berth in program history. The Bison, who last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2002, will find out their opponent when the NCAA pairings are announced Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Bucknell fans are invited to watch the selection show with the Bison squad in the Elaine Langone Center Forum. The Forum will open at 6:30 p.m.
The viewing is open to the public and free of charge for those that want to watch the show as a group with the entire Bucknell team and staff expected to be present.
Bucknell won its second Patriot League title Wednesday night. The only other championship for the Bison came in 2002 when they also defeated Holy Cross at the Hart Center. Current assistant coach Monique LeBlanc was a senior on that squad.
Bucknell became the first No. 5 seed to win the Patriot League Tournament. The lowest seed to win the trophy before this year was No. 3, which has earned the championship twice in the 18-year history of the league.
Juniors Amanda Brown and Lauren Schober were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team following the championship game. Senior Kesha Champion was named the MVP of the tournament after averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds and playing 121 of a possible 125 minutes in Bucknell's three postseason games.
Bucknell's last appearance in the NCAA Tournament came in 2002. The Bison dropped an 80-56 decision to Baylor that year.
Bucknell is the fourth team in the last five years to go from losing in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament to claiming the title the next season.
Champion netted her 1,000th career point Wednesday against Holy Cross. She is the 17th player in Bucknell history to reach that plateau, and the second to cross the threshold this season, following Hope Foster. Champion now has 1,008 points in her career.
Bucknell improved to 16-15 this year with its win over Holy Cross in the championship game. It is the first time this season the Bison have been over .500.
Bucknell limited its three opponents in the Patriot League Tournament to 144 points. That figure is the best three-game total by a team's defense in the tournament. Bison opponents made 50 of 191 (26.2 percent) in the tournament. None of Bucknell's three opponents shot better than 30.0 percent. Just once in the last 13 games has an opponent scored at least 60 points in a game.
The first round of the NCAA Tournament will take place March 22-23. The host sites for those games are: Albuquerque, N.M., Baton Rouge, La., Des Moines, Iowa, Stanford, Calif., Bridgeport, Conn., College Park, Md., Norfolk, Va., and West Lafayette, Ind.