Quarterfinal #1: No. 7 Binghamton vs. No. 2 Hartford
The Hawks are 2-0 and versus the Bearcats this season, but don't expect an easy win for Jen Rizzotti and co. In the first conference game of the season, Binghamton played Hartford right down to the wire in a 46-44 loss in Vestal. When the matchup traveled to West Hartford, the Hawks had an easier go of it, winning 65-50.
Keep an eye on Sharae Swinson from Binghamton, who poured in 11 points in the first matchup of the year and will be a tough matchup for the Hawks. For Hartford, Nikkia Smith has been the answer versus Binghamton this year, averaging 13.5 points in the season series.
Both teams finished the conference season with a 6-10 record in conference and the Retrievers earned the No. 3 seed thanks to a tiebreaker. With that in mind, expect this to be a tight game. Both teams defended their home court in the season series, with the Catamounts claiming a 63-60 win in Burlington and UMBC winning 71-55.
Raven Harris will continue to be the go-to player for the Retrievers, as she averaged 21.5 points this season against Vermont. The Catamounts will turn to Tierra Shumpert to help combat the UMBC guard play. The sophomore averaged 11 points in the two games this year.
Quarterfinal #3: No. 5 New Hampshire vs. No. 4 Stony Brook
The Seawolves are one of the most improved teams anywhere this season and earned a series sweep of the Wildcats this year. After a 48-44 win in Durham, Stony Brook then held serve with a 60-47 victory at home. Both squads were 6-10 in conference play.
Chikilra Goodman led the Seawolves against New Hampshire, averaging 14.5 points between the two games. For New Hampshire, Cari Reed averaged 11 against the quarterfinal foe and her versatility will be important in this matchup.