The women's college summer basketball league made the transition into playoff mode last week.
The women's college summer basketball league made the transition into playoff mode last week. The results of the final regular-season games on Tuesday, July 18 determined the first-through-seventh seeds in the eight-team postseason tournament, and on Thursday the other two squads engaged in a play-in game to see who would round out the quarterfinal field.
Team Black (Jefferson University) reached an 8-0 record and claimed the top seed for the playoffs with a 72-41 win over Team Red (Chestnut Hill College), which finished in fourth place at 5-3. Red will open the playoffs against fifth-seed Team Pink (an alumni squad with a 4-4 record), which ended the regular season with a 73-49 victory against Arcadia University's Team Maroon (1-7)
Team Purple (West Chester University) eked out a 67-66 win against Team Kelly Green (a Division III combo team). Purple, third in the league with a 6-2 mark, will go right into another showdown with Kelly, which was seeded sixth with its 3-5 record. On Tuesday, Holy Family University's Team Sky Blue had a bye, already having wrapped up the second seed by achieving a record of 7-1. In the quarterfinals, they'll face Team Royal Blue (a mix of D-III athletes), which rose to a record of 2-6 with Tuesday's 56-61 victory over Team Sun.
Team Sun is a mixture of NCAA Division II and III players, including 2023 Germantown Academy graduate Abby Marino. Sun went 0-8 in the regular season, but in Thursday's play-in game for the eighth playoff berth, they defeated Team Maroon, 57-49, ending the season for the Arcadia ensemble. Marino netted six points on two three-pointers in this game; she'd scored 10 points in Tuesday's contest.
Rising CHC senior Lindsey Lane, a forward, had missed Team Red's two games the previous week, but she was back in action Tuesday, scoring her ball club's first basket of the evening to tie the count at 2-2. Junior Bri Rider scored for Red to make it 4-2, but Team Black soon went ahead and stayed there.
Four-and-a-half minutes in, two made free throws by freshman Tori Nigro gave the Jefferson group its first double-digit lead at 17-7. Near the end of the period, Team Black had Red doubled up at 24-12 before junior Sam Yencha's buzzer-beater ended the first quarter at 26-12.
The situation stabilized in the second period, with Black adding one point to its lead to set the halftime score at 43-28. The Jefferson ladies began to pull away again in the third quarter, and senior Morgan Robinson's lay-up, with less than three minutes elapsed, nudged Black's lead over 20 points, at 49-28.
Things didn't get any better for the CHC squad the rest of the way, as Team Black cruised to a 31-point victory. In double-figures for the winners were Cassie Murphy (13 points), Emily Spratt (12), Yencha (11), and Emily Keehfuss (10). Red had Avery White score 12 points while Lane added eight.