February 27, 2012



Providence, R.I.óThe Rhode Island College womenís basketball team will host first round and second round action of the 2012 NCAA Div. III Womenís Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. This will be the first time in school history that RIC has hosted a womenís NCAA Tournament round.


RIC (24-3), which is coming off its first-ever Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships, will host Baruch (19-9), which won its fifth straight CUNYAC Tournament title, on Friday, March 2 (8 p.m.).




Emmanuel (22-6) won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships and will face Hartwick (22-5) from the Empire 8 Conference in the other first round game.


The winners will meet in the second round on Saturday afternoon.


RIC is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance (1985, 1983).


"Along with our athletic department, we are extremely proud to be hosting the NCAA Tournament this weekend as it is a great way to show off all the great things about our campus and surrounding city," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We look forward to hitting the practice floor later today to begin preparing for a great weekend of basketball with four excellent teams playing in Providence.  I'm extremely proud of what this team has accomplished but more importantly, I am very much looking forward to them taking advantage of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead."


Reilly's team comes into the tournament with 24-3 overall record and finished the regular season with a 13-1 mark in the Little East Conference. RICís 24 wins and 13 league victories are new program records.


Emmanuel was only one of three teams to defeat Rhode Island College this winter, earning an 81-73 victory on Dec. 1. After the loss, RIC won a school-record 17 straight games.