Women's basketball earns its eighth NCAA Division II Tournament bid

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team has earned an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship and will battle nationally-ranked Bentley on Friday, Mar. 15.

LINK: 2019 Division II Women's Basketball Championship Official Bracket

The eight-team regional will be played at the University of the Sciences, the region's top-seeded team, located in Philadelphia. Bentley (28-3), the second seed, will face the seventh-seeded Hawks. Other matchups include top-seeded USciences (29-2) against eighth-seeded NYIT (23-8), fourth-seeded Le Moyne (24-5) against No. 5-seeded Saint Thomas Aquinas (23-8), and third-seeded Jefferson (29-2) against sixth-seeded Stonehill (19-9).

Detailed information about the game, including start times, ticket information and a comprehensive game preview, will be released in the coming days.

Saint Anselm (19-9) is making its eighth appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship since becoming a varsity program in 1976. The Hawks qualified for six tournaments in 10 years from 1990-99 and most recently earned a spot in the Division II tournament in 2016.

The Hawks are looking to reach the 20-win threshold for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign. Saint Anselm has racked up at least 17 victories in each of the last four seasons and will be playing Bentley for the fourth time in 2018-19, meeting twice during the regular season and once again in the NE10 Semifinals this past week.

Saint Anselm and Bentley will play for the sixth time in the NCAA Division II Tournament on Friday. The Falcons have ousted the Hawks in each of the last two meetings (1998-99, 2015-16), but Saint Anselm handed Bentley a 79-74 overtime defeat in the NCAA East Region Semifinals in 1995 before falling to the hosts from Stonehill in the East Region Championship.

The Division II Women's Elite Eight will be played in Columbus, Ohio beginning on Tuesday, Mar. 26.