After leading a relentless women's basketball defensive unit all weekend in the NCAA Sectional Round, junior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) was named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week for the second time in her career on Monday.
Sheehan and the rest of the Lady Royals advanced to this weekend's NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Va. for the first time in 2006 this past weekend, as Scranton knocked off Christopher Newport (57-56) and fourth-ranked Tufts (44-40) in Sectional Round games held in the Long Center.
In both games, Scranton used fourth quarter rallies to go ahead and ultimately win, which in each case was led by Sheehan and the Lady Royals defense. First, against CNU on Friday night, a late 5-0 run over a minute span gave Scranton a 57-52 lead they never gave up, as they held the Captains to just 12 points in the final frame.
But, in the Tufts game, Sheehan and the Lady Royals defense was just about perfect down the stretch, as they held the Jumbos scoreless for eight-plus minutes while scoring 15 straight points to take a thrilling four-point win to send Scranton to the Final Four. In the frame, Sheehan and Scranton defense held Tufts to just five points, as the Jumbos were held to 24.6 percent shooting from the field in the game (15-of-61).
Sheehan, who scored a basket in the CNU game and five points in the Tufts game, also made two blocks in the win over the Jumbos, including one in the game final minute that was critical. For the season, she is averaging 8.9 points a game and 3.2 rebounds a contest, as she's started at guard in all 31 games the team has played in to date.
Scranton, who is now 29-2 on the year, take on top-ranked Thomas More in the National Semifinals on Friday evening in Salem. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Cregger Center on the campus of Roanoke College.
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