Date Posted:02/27/2005,  10:30AM

NCAA Tournament Pairings Announced


BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team has earned a first-round bye and will host the winner of Alvernia College and Brockport State in a second-round NCAA matchup on Saturday, March 5. Complete ticket information will be posted on Bowdoin's website Monday afternoon.

The Polar Bears, the NESCAC Champions, have been moved out of the New England region and are in a bracket that includes Scranton, Messiah and Oswego State- all who have earned first-round byes. The winner of the Saturday contest at Bowdoin will play the winner of Oswego State vs. Washington & Jefferson/William Smith winner at a site to-be-determined.

Two other NESCAC teams earned bids to the 2005 Championship Tournament. Bates College will stay in the New England region and will host the winner of the Emmanuel/Salem State first-round game next Saturday in Lewiston. Wesleyan (Conn.) also earned an at-large bid and will play in a first-round game this week against Chestnut Hill.

A fourth Bowdoin-Bates matchup can only occur if the squads meet in the NCAA Championship or Consolation game.