The Alfred State women's basketball team will make their second trip to the USCAA National Championships in the past three years after earning the #6 seed. The Pioneers will take on the #3 seed Rochester College in the first round.
The Lady Pioneers are currently 14-9 on the season heading into this weekend's ACAA Tournament. The team has won four of their last six and is 10-5 during the 2017 portion of their season.
Catherine Bialecki (Alfred Almond) leads the team and DI of the USCAA with 20 points per game and is 4th in rebounds with 11.4 per game. Kimberly Levee (Dansville) has connected on 41 three-pointers and is averaging 8 points per game, Minnie Robinson (Washington DC) has passed out 96 assists on the season, and Kelly Kane (Wellsville) is averaging 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Rochester enters the tournament with a 15-15 overall record. The Warriors have won eight of their last nine games. This will be the team's fourth trip to the USCAA Nationals in the last five years.
The Pioneers and the Warriors have played once all-time. In the 2014-15 season, the blue & gold defeated Rochester 62-50 in an early February game.
Alfred State qualified for the USCAA Tournament in 2014-15 as the #7 seed and won a thrilling double-overtime contest vs. Iowa Wesleyan before falling in a tight battle to Berea in the semifinals.
Defending champion Concordia-Alabama is the #1 seed followed by Berea College, Rochester, Florida College, Silver Lake College, Alfred State, Dean College, and Paul Quinn College.
The Pioneers and Warriors will tip-off at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1st in Maltho Gymnasium on the campus of Penn State Fayette (Uniontown, PA).