GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org)--For the second-straight year, Saint Vincent College claimed the number one seed and home court advantage throughout the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament, which will take place February 24-29.
With the league's double-bye format, top-seeded Saint Vincent (19-6, 15-1 PAC) and second-seeded Grove City College (23-2, 14-2 PAC) automatically advance to the championship tournament's semifinal round, which will be hosted by Saint Vincent at the Robert S. Carey Student Center on Friday, Feb. 28.
Tenth-year head coach Jimmy Petruska has Saint Vincent ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Division III Great Lakes regional rankings (Feb. 16). The Bearcats, making their 10th-straight appearance in the league’s championship tournament semifinal round, secured the PAC's automatic qualifying bid to the 2018-19 Division III Championship after winning its first-ever PAC Championship Tournament title last February. Top-seeded Saint Vincent cruised to a 70-48 victory over No. 2 Washington & Jefferson College in the championship game.
Tournament play begins Monday with a pair of first round matchups. Fifth-seeded Chatham University (14-10, 7-9 PAC) will host eighth-seeded Geneva College (3-20, 2-14 PAC) while sixth-seeded Waynesburg University (7-18, 6-10 PAC) will host seventh-seeded Bethany College (6-19, 5-11 PAC).
In Wednesday’s quarterfinal round, the Waynesburg-Bethany winner will travel to face third-seeded Westminster College (19-6, 12-4 PAC) while the Chatham-Geneva winner will play at fourth-seeded Washington & Jefferson College (16-9, 11-5 PAC).
The winners of Wednesday's quarterfinal matchups will travel to Latrobe, Pa. for the semifinal and championship rounds Friday and Saturday. Grove City will face off against the 3-6-7 winner Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Saint Vincent hosting the 4-5-8 winner in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. The start time of Saturday's title game will be announced later this week.
The winner of the PAC’s Championship Tournament will receive the league's automatic qualifying bid to this year's Division III Championship Tournament. Forty-three conferences have been granted automatic qualification to this year's 64-team championship. The selected Division III Championship teams as well as the first and second round site selections will be announced Monday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on ncaa.com. First and second round games are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 6-7.
2019-20 PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament
Monday, February 24
7 p.m. No. 8 Geneva at No. 5 Chatham
7 p.m. No. 7 Bethany at No. 6 Waynesburg
Wednesday, February 26
7 p.m. No. 6/No. 7 winner at No. 3 Westminster (Quarterfinal 1)
7 p.m. No. 5/No. 8 winner at No. 4 W&J (Quarterfinal 2)
Semifinals (Saint Vincent to host Friday's semifinal round and Saturday's championship game)
Friday, February 28
5:30 p.m. Winner of Quarterfinal 1 vs. No. 2 Grove City (Semifinal 1)
7:30 p.m. Winner of Quarterfinal 2 at No. 1 Saint Vincent (Semifinal 2)
Championship (Saint Vincent to host Friday's semifinal round and Saturday's championship game)
Saturday, February 29
TBD Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. winner of Semifinal 2