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SUNY Cobleskill Women's Basketball Earns Bid to ECAC Division III Championship Tourney

Written By Editor on 2/28/17 | 2/28/17

The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team has been awarded one of the 15 bids to the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship Tournament to begin at campus sites on Wednesday March 1st. The Fighting Tigers will travel to Springfield, Mass. for a first round meeting with the host Pride of Springfield College beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the college’s Blake Arena and PE Complex. The winner will advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round to be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Friday March 3rd.

The Fighting Tigers will be making the second ECAC Division III Championship Tournament appearance in program history and their first since 2009 after finishing the year with a 14-11 overall record including a 10-8 mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play which tied them for fourth place overall in the league’s North Division. The Pride posted an 18-8 overall record a 13-3 record in New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play after bowing out in the league’s quarterfinal play-off round.

Cobleskill second-year coach Katie Kollar is no stranger to The Pride having served as an assistant coach in the program from 2013-to-2015 and earning her Masters of Education in Athletic Administration Degree from Springfield during that time. Upon notification of the team’s selection to the tournament and the match-up coach Kollar spoke enthusiastically about her team’s accomplishment.

“I’m excited about us being selected to the tournament. This is truly a reflection of how hard we’ve worked collectively as a team this year and I’m proud of our kids for making it to post season play and what it means to our program in the future.”

The Fighting Tigers, who posted their first winning season since 2012, will be led into this year’s tournament by senior forward Shelby Preston, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, the program’s Division III all-time leader in points with 1386, 14.6 per game, and rebounds with 1220, 12.8 per game in 95 career appearances. The season Preston earned All-NEAC Second Team honors after averaging: 12.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per contest while shooting 48.4% from the field and 69.5% from the free throw line in 25 games.

The Orange & Black will also be counting on productivity from senior guard/forward Ashley Creighton, Niskayuna, N.Y., Catholic Central High School/Schenectady Community College, who averaged 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting a team best 37.6% from three-point range and from freshman guard Addy Lawson, Milford, N.Y., Milford High School, who averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.4 steals per game during her rookie season.

The game will be live-streamed by Springfield College and will be accessible through the SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Website’s Women’s Basketball Team’s Home Page at: http://fightingtigers.cobleskill.edu.

2017 ECAC DIVISION III TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

First Round - Wednesday, March 1
Game 1: Neumann University (18-8) at Brooklyn College (21-6) - 7:00 pm
Game 2: Centenary University (20-6) at Moravian College (19-7 - 7:00 pm
Game 3: Waynesburg University (16-11) at Grove City College (14-12) - 7:00 pm
Game 4: SUNY Cobleskill (14-11) at Springfield University (18-8) - 7:00 pm
Game 5: Marywood University (18-8) at New York University (13-12) - 7:00 pm
Game 6: Cabrini University (16-12) at Stevenson University (17-9) - 7:00 pm
Game 7: Rutgers University-Camden (14-11) at Misericordia University (18-8) - 7:00 pm

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 3 - hosted at Carnegie Mellon University
Game 8: Winner Game 1 vs. Carnegie Mellon (18-7) - 11:00 am
Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 - 2:00 pm
Game 10: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 - 5:00 pm
Game 11: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 - 8:00 pm

Semifinals - Saturday, March 4 - hosted at Carnegie Mellon University
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 - 3:00 pm
Game 13: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11 - 6:00 pm

Championship - Sunday, March 5 - hosted at Carnegie Mellon University
Game 15: Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13 - 12:00 pm


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