Women’s basketball advances to Sweet 16 for fifth straight year

The women’s basketball team won their NCAA Regional Championship, notching a pair of relatively easy victories to move on to the Sweet 16 for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in program history. Though the women’s team was ranked No. 7 in the nation heading into the weekend, they could not host their Regional because the men were hosting their first ever NCAA Regional at Cousens Gym. NCAA rules prohibit schools to host both men’s and women’s games in the same weekend, so if both teams qualify to host, the men’s team will do so in even years and the women’s team will in odd years. The women’s team traveled to the University of New England, taking down Regis College 61-49 in the first round on Friday before cruising to a 65-45 victory over Moravian College on Saturday night. The wins propel the Jumbos to the Sweet 16 again, where they will face Albright College in the next round on Friday at a location to be announced. Look for full coverage of the women’s basketball games in tomorrow’s issue.