NCAA Bound; Spartans Travel to #12 CNU to Open Tournament

YORK, Pa. – The York College women's basketball team, winners of the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, begin their NCAA Tournament run this Friday with a trip to Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.

Following their conference title victory last Saturday, the Spartans received the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. With brackets released this afternoon, the Green and White are headed to the Christopher Newport pod, which will also feature Johns Hopkins and Richard Stockton.

The Spartans will open up with #12 CNU on Friday at 7:30 pm. This is a remarkably familiar situation as the Green and White faced Newport in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in York. It proved the Spartans' day in that contest as York won 75-61. However, the Captains, the 2011 USA South champions, are a much-improved squad over that 2009 version and feature All-American senior guard and 2,695-point scorer Chelsie Schweers, the leading scorer in Division III this season at 25.2 points per game.

"It will absolutely be a tough test for us, no doubt about that," Spartan head coach Betsy Witman said. "But our team is a group that looks forward to these types of difficult challenges. I know they will be excited for this contest."

In the other game, slated for a 5:30 pm start on Friday, Johns Hopkins takes on Richard Stockton as a pair of at-large squads face off in round one. Hopkins, who the Spartans beat in York's first game of the season 66-62, has put together a strong 21-5 campaign while the Ospreys from Stockton begin the tournament with a 17-9 record.

The Spartans face a tough opening pod, but riding high off their CAC Championship, the Green and White will look to keep their tremendous season going.

"This is a special team, a special group of kids," Witman said. "We definitely want to keep it going and to keep playing."

Tickets will be sold at $8 for chairback seats, $6 for general admission, and $3 for children and college students with valid ID. All tickets are available for purchase at Christopher Newport on gameday. Live stats, audio play-by-play, and possibly a video stream of the event will be available for those unable to make the trip.

COMPLETE NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BRACKET

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