Women's #AEHoops Quarterfinals Start Friday at Noon
The 2014 America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship gets started on Friday with four women's quarterfinals game beginning at noon. All four games will be broadcast last in ESPN3 with Eric Frede and Vera Jones on the call.
Here's a look at the matchups with links to watch each game live and follow with live stats -
- Third meeting between the Retrievers and the Seawolves in the tournament with UMBC winning the first two meetings.
- UMBC upset Stony Brook in 2007 as a No. 7 seed and went on to win the America East title. The Retrievers are the lowest seed in any America East sport to capture a conference title.
- The matchup features the America East Defensive Player of the Year in Stony Brook's Chikilra Goodman and the Rookie of the Year in UMBC's Sara Tarbert.
- The Seawolves swept UMBC in both meetings this season.
- Vermont and UNH will meet for the seventh time in tournament play with the Catamounts winning each of the previous six.
- The last matchup between the two teams was in the 2009 quarterfinals when the Wildcats beat UVM, 57-45.
- New Hampshire beat Vermont in both meetings this season.
- Both teams reached the semifinals last year, with UNH advancing for the first time since 2005 and UVM the first since 2010.
- Albany enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second-straight year.
- Binghamton is the No. 8 seed for the first time in program history.
- The two sides are meeting for the third time in the America East Championship, with each team winning one of the first two.
- Binghamton defeated Albany in the 2008 quarterfinals. The Great Danes beat the Bearcats in the 2012 semifinals.
- Albany has won seven-straight over Binghamton, with an average margin of victory of 40.5 points per game in two meetings this year.
- Maine and Hartford will meet in the tournament for the seventh time after splitting the first six meetings.
- The last time the two teams battled in the tournament, No. 1 Hartford beat No. 8 Maine on its way to the tournament title.
- Hartford also defeated Maine the last time the Black Bears were a No. 4 seed in 2002. The Hawks went on to win that contest and take its first tournament title.
- The two teams split their meeting this season, with each team winning on the road.
- The Hawks have advanced to eight of the last nine semifinals.
- Maine is looking to move into the semifinals for the first time since 2004.