Updated: March 05, 2013 8:03 am (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University at Albany women’s basketball team closed out the seventh unbeaten conference season in America East history on Saturday afternoon at SEFCU Arena, and will be the No. 1 seed for the first time in program history at the 2013 America East Women’s Basketball Championship.
The 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU will be held March 8-10 in Albany, N.Y., at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena. Four quarterfinal games will begin on Friday, March 9 with the first game tipping off at noon. All of the games at the 2013 Championship will broadcast live on ESPN3 and available via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets.
The semifinals will feature the four remaining teams on Sunday, March 10. Both games will be available live on ESPN3.
The Championship Game will be at the highest remaining seed’s home court on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The final, which will crown the 2013 America East Champion and determine the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports as well as on ESPN3.
The Great Danes (25-3, 16-0 AE) already had the No. 1 seed locked up heading into Saturday’s action, but needed a victory to become the first undefeated America East team since Hartford in 2009-10. The hosts will face No. 8 seed Maine at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Hartford (19-10, 10-6 AE) was the only other team to clinch a seed prior to Saturday, as the Hawks enter the America East Championship as the No. 2 seed. Hartford has not finished below fourth-place in the America East since the 2002-03 season and closed out the regular-season with a, 59-33, win over Vermont.
The rest of the seedings did not fall into place until the final day of the regular-season on Saturday, and the results caused a four-way tie for the No. 3 seed in the championship.
Stony Brook (14-15, 6-10 AE), UMBC (10-19, 6-10 AE) and Vermont (9-20, 6-10 AE) entered the day tied for the No. 3 seed with 6-9 records, with New Hampshire (11-17, 6-10 AE) just one game behind. The Seawolves lost at Albany, the Retrievers fell, 62-45, at Binghamton, and the Catamounts were defeated at Hartford, while the Wildcats beat Maine, 86-63, to bring the four teams even at 6-10 in conference play.
In the four-way tiebreak, UMBC came out as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed Vermont at 2 p.m. on Friday, while No. 4 seed Stony Brook will battle No. 5 seed New Hampshire at 8 p.m. to close out the quarterfinals.
UMBC won the four-way tiebreak by registering a 4-2 combined record against New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Vermont. It is the second-highest finish for the Retrievers since joining the conference in 2003-04.
Stony Brook earned the No. 4 seed by winning the three-way tiebreak against New Hampshire and Vermont with a 3-1 record. The Seawolves swept the Wildcats this season while splitting with the Catamounts. It is the highest finish for the Seawolves since 2009-10 when they also were the No. 4 seed.
The Seawolves will meet No. 5 seed New Hampshire, as the Wildcats won the head-to-head tiebreak with Vermont. The teams split in the regular-season, which means the tiebreak goes to record against conference teams in rank order. Both teams were swept by Albany and Boston U., but New Hampshire split with Hartford while Vermont lost both contests against the Hawks.
Vermont will be the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed UMBC in the quarterfinals.
Binghamton earned a win in its regular-season finale to secure the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 seed Hartford. Maine lost in its final regular season game at home to New Hampshire to become the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Albany.
Single-session tickets for the 2013 America East Basketball Championship will go on sale Monday, March 4, at 9 a.m. while all-session packages are currently available. For more information on how to purchase tickets and the championship, visit Championship Central.
2013 America East Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU
Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, Albany. N.Y.
Friday, March 9 - Quarterfinals
#2 Hartford vs #7 Binghamton, 12:00 p.m. - ESPN3
#3 UMBC vs. #6 Vermont, 2:00 p.m. - ESPN3
#1 Albany vs. #8 Maine, 6:00 p.m. - ESPN3
#4 Stony Brook vs. #5 New Hampshire, 8:00 p.m. - ESPN3
Sunday, March 10 - Semifinals
Semifinal #1, 11:00 a.m. - ESPN3
Semifinal #2, 1:00 p.m. - ESPN3
Saturday, March 16 - Title Game at highest seed remaining
7 p.m. - ESPN3 / Fox College Sports