Ups and downs for NY-NJ teams in postseason play
Lois Elman | 3/27/2014, 1:31 a.m.
St. John’s guard Aliyyah Handford scored 27 points to keep the game alive, but the Red Storm’s first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament came down to Briana Brown’s 3-pointer with less than a second left on the clock. Behind most of the game and with several players in foul trouble, St. John’s pulled out a 71-68 win over USC.
It was a one-point loss for the Fordham Rams, who dropped a 64-63 heart breaker to California. After an early lead, Army fell to Maryland 90-52 in the first round. Marist also made a first-round exit from the tournament, losing to Iowa 87-65.
In round two of the tournament, St. John’s put up a good fight, but the team overpowered by Tennessee 67-51.
In WNIT play, there’s an update to last week’s article. There were actually five teams from the New York-New Jersey area playing—Rutgers is also taking part.
It was a one-point loss for Iona, which went down 90-89 to Harvard. Stony Brook fell hard to Michigan in the first round, 86-48. That ended the season for the two New York teams participating in postseason WNIT action.
The three New Jersey teams all handily dispatched their first-round WNIT opponents. Rutgers took down Delaware 65-61. In the Pirates’ first postseason game since 2007, Seton Hall defeated American 63-60, setting up a second-round matchup with Princeton, which downed VCU 94-76.
In what looks to become an excellent in-state rivalry in the years ahead, Seton Hall defeated Princeton 75-74 to head into the third round of WNIT play. A successful run in the WNIT is a perfect conclusion to Anthony Bozzella’s first year as the Pirates’ head coach.
“We had great atmospheres at our two games here—loud, great crowds,” said Bozzella, a graduate of Seton Hall who is intent on building a winning program. “At the game against Princeton, we had our band, they had their band. … When you win some playoff games and you do it in front of great crowds, that changes everything.”
Next, Seton Hall will play another New Jersey rival, Rutgers—the 63-52 winner over Harvard—tonight at Rutgers.