MEDIA, Pa. -- Top-seeded Penn State Brandywine returns to the Penn State University Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament for the 16th-straight season when it opens tournament play Tuesday at home against No.4 seed Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
Brandywine won all six of its conference games during the month of February, officially securing the No. 1 seed with a 64-42 victory over Penn State Mont Alto Friday night.
The Lions enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the league, having been victorious in seven-straight games; however, Brandywine's most recent loss came at the hands of Wilkes-Barre on the road in late January.
Brandywine led that game 63-62 with 45 seconds to play, but Wilkes-Barre made four free throws and held Brandywine scoreless down the stretch to earn the victory. The loss was just the second for the Lions in their last 13 games against Wilkes-Barre, ending their 10-game winning streak in the series.
Earlier this winter, Brandywine cruised to a victory when the teams met in Media, posting a 69-48 triumph. Madison D'Ambrosio and Amanda Floyd both recorded double-doubles in the win, while Nikki Velez added 12 points. The Lions held a commanding edge on the boards, outrebounding Wilkes-Barre 69-29.
Velez, Brandywine's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,700 points, is the top scorer in the PSUAC, averaging 19.2 points per outing this season. Floyd (12.3 ppg) and D'Ambrosio (10.5 ppg) also average in double figures and are the Lions' top two rebounders.
A victory Tuesday would send Brandywine to the PSUAC semifinals for the 15th-straight year, with all but one of those appearances having come under Head Coach Larry Johnson, who owns 263 wins in his 14 years on the Brandywine sideline.
As the top seed, Brandywine would host the lowest remaining seed from the west in the semifinal on Friday night. The Lions own a perfect 10-0 record on their home floor this season. The PSUAC Championship is Sunday at 4:00 pm in the Bryce Jordan Center in State College.
In Tuesday's other East Division quarterfinal, No. 2 Penn State Lehigh Valley hosts No. 3 Penn State Schuylkill. Penn State Beaver is the top seed from the West Division and will host Penn State Mont Alto, while second-seeded Penn State Fayette faces third-seeded Penn State DuBois.
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February 25, 2020 D’Ambrosio, Floyd Fuel Quarterfinal Victory Over Wilkes-Barre
February 21, 2020 Brandywine Secures No. 1 Seed In PSUAC Tournament With 64-42 Triumph
February 18, 2020 Brandywine Tops York Behind Strong Defensive Effort
February 15, 2020 Brandywine Rolls To Senior Day Triumph
February 13, 2020 Balanced Scoring Effort Leads Brandywine To Victory Over Valley Forge
February 11, 2020 Velez Lands A Pair Of Weekly Accolades
February 8, 2020 Velez Scores 41 As Brandywine Fends Off Schuylkill
February 4, 2020 Brandywine Tops Lehigh Valley In Key PSUAC East Matchup
February 1, 2020 Brandywine Storms Back In Final Quarter To Top Hazleton
January 28, 2020 Floyd Earns PSUAC Weekly Honor
January 28, 2020 Brandywine Edged At Wilkes-Barre 66-63
January 24, 2020 Brandywine Rolls Through New Kensington 85-33
January 22, 2020 Basketball Teams To Host Threes For THON Night Friday
January 21, 2020 Velez Named PSUAC Player Of The Week After Record-Setting Night
January 18, 2020 Lions Stumble At Beaver
January 17, 2020 Nikki Velez Breaks All-Time Scoring Record In Victory
January 7, 2020 Brandywine Returns To Win Column; Bests Vermont Tech
January 6, 2020 Lions Fall In Return From Break
December 30, 2019 Brandywine Athletics: Decade In Review
December 17, 2019 D’Ambrosio Earns PSUAC Player Of The Week
December 13, 2019 Brandywine Enters Break With Sixth-Straight Triumph
December 11, 2019 Lions Top Bryn Mawr In Defensive Struggle; Johnson Wins No. 250
December 10, 2019 USCAA Names Velez Player Of The Week
December 10, 2019 Brandywine Fends Off Schuylkill In First-Place Showdown
December 7, 2019 Fast Start Propels Lions Over Greater Allegheny
December 6, 2019 Brandywine Tops DuBois For Third-Straight PSUAC Victory
December 3, 2019 Brandywine Pulls Away From Scranton In 80-67 Victory
November 26, 2019 Brandywine Falls At Eastern
November 19, 2019 Late Free Throw Sinks Brandywine In PSUAC-Opening Game
November 18, 2019 Second-Half Surge Lifts Brandywine Over Bryn Athyn
November 14, 2019 Brandywine Falls Short In Opener At Neumann
October 15, 2019 Brandywine Announces First-Ever Athletics Hall Of Fame Class
August 14, 2019 Women’s Basketball Announces 2019 Recruiting Class