Northeast Conference women's tournament

March 03, 1998|By Kent Baker

Site: Maurice Stokes Center, Loretto, Pa.

Today's first round

(6) Monmouth (10-16, 6-10) vs. (3) Wagner (15-11, 12-4), noon

(7) Fairleigh Dickinson (6-20, 6-10) vs. (2) Central Connecticut State (16-9, 12-4), 2: 30 p.m.

(4) Mount St. Mary's (14-12, 10-6) vs. (5) St. Francis, N.Y. (11-15, 7-9), 5 p.m.

(8) Long Island (5-21, 4-12) vs. (1) St. Francis, Pa. (19-7, 14-2), 7: 30 p.m.

Tomorrow's semifinals

Monmouth-Wagner winner vs. Fairleigh Dickinson-Central Connecticut winner, 5: 30 p.m.

Mount St. Mary's-St. Francis, N.Y. winner vs. Long Island-St. Francis,

Pa. winner, 8 p.m.

Saturday's championship game

At highest remaining seed, 5 p.m.

Local hopes: Mount St. Mary's is 20-0 against its first-round opponent, St. Francis, N.Y., and might be looking ahead to a possible semifinal with top-seeded St. Francis, Pa. The Mountaineers lost their starting point guard, Lauren Menichini, to a knee injury in the season's final game and will start walk-on freshman Margaret Carey, the only player on the roster not to start this year. Kia Williams (17.8 ppg) and Megan Gardiner (17.2 ppg) are the leading players.

Team to beat: St. Francis, Pa., has the home-court advantage and has won seven in a row. The Red Flash is seeking to equal the Mount's record of three straight conference titles.

Team to avoid: Second-seeded Central Connecticut has made a startling turnaround from a 2-24 season. It boasts the most accurate shooting team in the league.

Star quality: Jessica Zinobole, an unrecruited player from nearby Loch Haven, Pa., has led St. Francis, Pa. She averages 17.6 points and 12.4 rebounds -- third in the nation -- and leads the NEC in steals.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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