Women’s Basketball Stays in Second in Latest NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings

Scranton, 23-2 overall, opens the Landmark Conference playoffs as the number-one seed on Thursday night, as they take on fourth-seeded Moravian inside the John Long Center at 7 p.m.
Scranton, 23-2 overall, opens the Landmark Conference playoffs as the number-one seed on Thursday night, as they take on fourth-seeded Moravian inside the John Long Center at 7 p.m.

After taking a pair of double-digit victories last week, The University of Scranton women's basketball team remained in second place in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic regional rankings, which were released for the second time on the 2018-19 season on Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Royals, ranked ninth in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll and 12th in the D3Hoops.com Top 25, trail Messiah in the regional rankings for the second straight week, as the Falcons are now 23-1 overall on the season.

Behind Scranton in the rankings is Gettysburg (20-3), Johns Hopkins (20-3) and Christopher Newport (18-5) to round out the top five. In sixth is Southern Virginia (18-4), followed by Haverford (17-5) and Landmark Conference rival Elizabethtown (16-6), who checks in eighth place this week to round out the rankings.

The regional rankings are traditionally an important indicator in a team's chances of securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, should it fail to secure an automatic bid. The NCAA releases public regional rankings on the final two weeks of the regular season. The final rankings, which are given to the tournament selection committee, are not made public.

To full the second NCAA Division III women's basketball regional rankings, click here.

This past week, Scranton improved their record to 21-2 overall and 11-2 in the Landmark Conference after a pair of victories over Moravian (72-51) on Wednesday and Juniata (63-48) on Saturday. Entering this week, the Lady Royals are in first place in the Landmark Conference standings and have already clinched a home playoff game in the Landmark playoffs, which will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

The University of Scranton women's basketball team begins their final week of the regular season tonight at home, as they take on Drew inside the John Long Center beginning at 7 p.m. The Lady Royals will conclude their regular year on Saturday at Goucher, beginning at 2 p.m.

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