By Mel Greenberg
Host Neumann (20-7) is NCAA Division III tournament bound after the top-seeded Knights defeated No. 3 Immaculata 66-60 in Aston, Pa., to win the Colonial States Athletic Conference title and automatic bid.
The Knights pulled away in the final minute to thwart the Mighty Macs' shot at a Cinderella ending.
Katie Young had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Neumann, while Krista DiRomualdo had 15 points. Sami Borcky grabbed 12 rebounds.
Immaculata’s Chrissy Esbensen had 16 points, Chelsea McTigue scored 14, and Rachel Dennis had 10 for the Mighty Macs (19-9), who were outrebounded 55-39.
USP Finishes Regular Season – Eyes CACC Playoffs
University of Sciences finished off one of its best regular seasons Saturday, beating Post 75-65 on the road in Waterbury, Conn.
Alyssa Hamm had a career high 25 points and Caitlin Shaw scored 22 for the Devils (21-5, 16-3 CACC) in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Monique Chance scored 16 points for the Eagles (8-18, 6-13), whose season concluded.
USP, seeded second in the Southern Division, will host No. 3 Goldey-Beacom (15-11, 13-6) in a CACC quarterfinals game Monday night at the Bobby Morgan Arena at 7 p.m. in Southwest Philadelphia.
Goldey-Beacom during the season snapped Holy Family’s NCAA record 110-game conference regular season win streak at the Tigers’ gym on Jan. 13.
Holy Family (21-3, 18-1), the top seed, will host No. 4 Philadelphia University (15-11, 11-8) at 7 p.m. at the Tigers’ Campus Center in Northeast Philadelphia.
The Tigers swept the Rams during the regular season, as did USP.
Despite the team’s success in recent seasons, Holy Family is after its first conference title since 2008. Nyack topped coach Mike Miller’s squad in last season’s championship, though the Tigers gained an NCAA at-large invite and advanced to the region title game at home the next weekend, losing in overtime.
The Tigers are currently ranked 17th in the USA/ESPN Division II coaches poll and also first in the NCAA Division II East Region.
In the North Division, Bloomfield (18-8, 16-3) gained the top seed via coin flip after finishing in a first place tie with Caldwell (20-5, 16-3).
Bloomfield in quarterfinal action will host No. 4 Dominican College (9-17, 7-12), which upset Bloomfield in the quarterfinals last season.
Caldwell will face No. 3 Felician College (18-8, 12-7), which made the field for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
No matter who wins quarterfinals play, the semifinals will be at Holy Family Friday night, beginning at 7 p.m., with the championship on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.
The CACC awards dinner will be Thursday night at the Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park.
Bloomsburg (21-5, 13-1), the regular season champion of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division, snapped West Chester’s seven-game win streak 68-47 at the Golden Rams’ Hollinger Fieldhouse as Dana Weiller scored 20 points.
West Chester (20-6, 11-3) finished in a second-place tie with Millersville (21-5, 11-3), but will go to Millersville Tuesday night as the third seed.
Alex Lennon and Megan Stewart each scored 11 points for the Golden Rams against Bloomsburg, which will host No. 4 Kutztown Tuesday night.
Millersville finished its regular season art Kutztown (15-11, 8-6) and handed the Golden Bears a 67-58 setback as Aurielle Mosley scored 22 points and also had four of the team’s six blocked shots.
Kutztown was also forced by the Marauders into 23 turnovers which yielded the visitors 25 points.
The Golden Bears’ Melissa McQuade, who entered the contest with a 17.3 scoring average, was held to seven points and Brittany LeVan was Kutztown’s high scorer with 15 points.