HADLEY, Mass. – Bowdoin posted an unbeaten 10-0 mark in the NESCAC regular season to grab the top seed in the NESCAC Championship. The Polar Bears are the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2009 and the seventh time in program history. Bowdoin’s clean slate in the NESCAC marks the sixth straight year a team has posted an undefeated regular season as the Polar Bears are the third team to achieve the feat during that span, joining Amherst and Tufts.
The NESCAC Quarterfinals are set for Saturday, February 16 on the campus of the higher seed. The semifinals will take place on February 23 with the championship game slated for February 24, with all three games being played on the campus of the highest remaining seed.
Bowdoin (24-0, 10-0 NESCAC), which owns eight NESCAC titles and has been in the NESCAC Championship every year, will host No. 8 Connecticut College (13-10, 4-6 NESCAC) in a quarterfinal contest. The Camels earned a spot in the tournament field for the sixth straight season with a 67-65 win over Colby in the regular season finale. Bowdoin and Connecticut College will meet for the second time in a week after the Polar Bears posted a 69-58 victory over the Camels on February 8, on the last weekend of the regular season. Bowdoin is 1-0 against the Camels in the NESCAC postseason, winning the lone matchup in the 2017 quarterfinals.
The second quarterfinal between No. 2 Amherst (22-2, 9-1 NESCAC) and No. 7 Wesleyan (14-10, 4-6 NESCAC) is a rematch of a 2018 semifinal game. The Mammoths are the three-time defending NESCAC Champion, and have won the title eight times. Amherst’s only setback this season was a loss to Bowdoin on January 26. The Mammoths enter the tournament riding a five-game winning streak. The Cardinals are in the NESCAC Championship for the second straight season and the No. 7 seed for the first time since 2002. Wesleyan secured the seventh seed by virtue of a 68-60 win over Connecticut College on January 19. The Cardinals won two of their last three games to close the regular season and are 0-3 versus Amherst in the tournament. During the regular season, Amherst defeated Wesleyan twice in a 10-day span, 62-44 on January 12 and 67-57 on January 21.
Tufts (22-2, 8-2 NESCAC) seized the No. 3 seed with a 60-48 victory over Trinity in its regular-season finale. The Jumbos are in the NESCAC Championship for the 17th consecutive season and have claimed two crowns, winning the titles in back-to-back years (2014 & 2015). Tufts will host No. 6 Williams (11-13, 5-5 NESCAC) in the quarterfinal round. Middlebury and Williams finished with identical 5-5 NESCAC records. The Panthers earned a victory over the Ephs on January 19 to win the head-to-head tiebreaker and earn the No. 5 seed, while Williams is the No. 6 seed. The Ephs, who have been in every NESCAC tournament, are the No. 6 seed for the second time in four years. The Jumbos, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, defeated Williams, 60-39, on January 11 during the regular season. The NESCAC tournament series is knotted at 2-2, as the two teams last met in the 2017 quarterfinals with Tufts earning the win.
Trinity (19-5, 6-4 NESCAC) is the No. 4 seed and is making its second straight NESCAC Championship appearance. The Bantams, who have won four of their last five games, will host a quarterfinal game for the first time since 2014 and will face No. 5 Middlebury (18-6, 5-5 NESCAC). The Panthers are in the tournament for the fifth year in a row and look to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2013. Trinity posted a 59-55 victory over Middlebury on January 27 and the quarterfinal game marks the first meeting between the two teams in the NESCAC postseason.
Results for the NESCAC Women’s Basketball Championship will be available at the completion of each day on the NESCAC website.
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 16
at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Connecticut College at No. 1 Bowdoin- 2 p.m.
No. 7 Wesleyan at No. 2 Amherst - 4 p.m.
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Tufts - 3 p.m.
No. 5 Middlebury at No. 4 Trinity - 3 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, February 23
at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed - 2/4 p.m.
Other Quarterfinal winners - 2/4 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, February 24
at Semifinal Host
Semifinal winners - 12 p.m.