America East women's tournament

March 04, 1998|By Christian Ewell

Site: Alfond Sports Arena, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Today's first round

(8) Boston University (9-17, 7-11) vs. (9) Hofstra (11-15, 5-13), 7 p.m.

(7) Drexel (11-15, 7-11) vs. (10) Delaware (6-20, 3-15), 9 p.m.

Tomorrow's quarterfinals

(4) Towson (14-12, 10-8) vs. (5) Hartford (11-15, 10-8), 1 p.m.

(1) Vermont (20-6, 15-3) vs. (8) Boston U/(9) Hofstra winner, 3 p.m.

(2) Maine (18-8, 13-5) vs. (7) Drexel/(10) Delaware winner, 7 p.m.

(3) Northeastern (14-12, 11-7) vs. (6) N. Hampshire (12-14, 9-9), 9 p.m.

Friday's semifinals

Towson-Hartford winner vs. Vermont-Boston U./Hofstra winner, 1 p.m.

Maine-Drexel/Delaware winner vs. Northeastern-N.H. winner, 3 p.m.

Saturday's championship

Semifinal winners, 11: 30 a.m.

Local hopes: Towson has lost four of its last five games heading into the tournament. Sonia Keiner (10.6 ppg) has been the most consistent player for the Tigers, but Shniece Perry has emerged lately, averaging 13.3 points and 8.8 rebounds over her last six games. The only teams to sweep Towson -- Maine and Northeastern -- are on the opposite side of the bracket. "We feel that we can compete with every other team in the conference," Towson Coach Ellen Fitzgee said.

Team to beat: Vermont won the league with a 14-3 record, but host Maine is a probable challenger, having represented the American East in the NCAAs the last three years.

Team to avoid: Northeastern, led by Western High product Tesha Tinsley, has won four of the last five games.

Star quality: Cindy Blodgett, Maine, and Karalyn Church, Vermont. Arguably the best player in league history, Blodgett is averaging 27.3 points per game this season. Church is averaging 25 points and nearly eight rebounds.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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