The NYIT women's basketball team put a scare into the top-seeded team in the East Region on Friday. However, the eighth-seeded Bears' season ultimately came to an end with a 46-41 loss at host USciences in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The NYIT women's basketball team earned the East Coast Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and claimed the program's first-ever postseason title with a 80-60 win against LIU Post on Sunday afternoon at the University of Bridgeport's Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium.
St. Thomas Aquinas College battled back to erase a 14-point LIU Post halftime lead, but the Pioneer women's basketball team took down the top-seeded Spartans by a 79-73 final on Saturday, March 9 at the Harvey Hubble Gymnasium to advance to Sunday's East Coast Conference championship for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
The final women's basketball Battle of the Boulevard will have an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Third-seeded NYIT defeated second-seeded Daemen, 65-44, on Saturday at the University of Bridgeport's Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium to advance to its third straight East Coast Conference finals.
The East Coast Conference Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams were released on Friday evening with LIU Post graduate forward Sasha Patterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) headlining the selections as the league's Player of the Year.