Marywood University's women's basketball team will host Immaculata University in the first round of the Colonial State Athletic Conference playoffs on Tuesday evening. The game between third-seeded Pacers and sixth-seeded Mighty Macs will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in Marywood's Insalaco Arena.
Marywood currently fashions an 18-6 record on the season and finished atop the CSAC North Division standings with a 13-3 mark in conference play. The Pacers' 18 wins are the second most in school history, trailing only the 1986-87 team that went 19-8 and reached the NCAA Tournament. Marywood is making its second-straight trip to the CSAC playoffs.
The Pacers, who finished the regular season a perfect 12-0 at home, are led by Mariah Schaeffer (Bainbridge, NY), who is averaging 13.3 points per game and was recently named Second Team All-Conference. All-Conference Honorable Mention selection Lizzy Green (Shenandoah, PA) is averaging 10.7 points per game while Lauren Rogan (Archbald, PA) is contributing 10.4 points per game for the Pacers. Amanda Lass (Brackney, PA), who was also selected to the All-Conference Honorable Mention team, leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Immaculata enters Tuesday's contest with a 15-9 overall record including a 10-6 mark in CSAC play. The Mighty Macs are making their first postseason appearance since the 2006-07 campaign. Immaculata is led by three players averaging double-figures in points this season in First Team All-Conference selection Chelsea McTigue (15.9 points per game), All-Conference Honorable Mention pick Leah Kuczynski (12.0 points per game) and CSAC Rookie of the Year Chrissy Esbensen (10.5 points per game).
Marywood beat Immaculata 80-66 on November 30th in Scranton when the two teams met during the regular season, with the Schaeffer scoring a game-high 25 points in the Pacers' win.
Tuesday's contest will be just the second time Marywood and Immaculata have met in the conference postseason tournament. The Mighty Macs edged the Pacers, 58-53, in the 1993 semifinals to advance to the championship game.
In the league's other quarterfinal game on Tuesday evening, No. 4 Cabrini will host No. 5-seed Centenary at 7 p.m.
The winner of Tuesday's contest will travel to either top-seeded Neumann or second-place finisher Gwynedd-Mercy for the CSAC semifinals on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. The Colonial States Athletic Conference Championship Game will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the highest remaining seed. The winner of that championship game receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
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