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March 7, 2014

Hartwick women look to end NCAA drought


The Bearcats (21-7) have held opponents to 31.7 percent shooting from the floor this season, which ranks sixth nationally. They also rank 17th among NCAA D-III programs in rebounding margin (9.8), 23rd in steals per game (12.7), and 40th in scoring defense (55.0 ppg).

Tickets for both days will be $6 for adults and $3 for students. Hartwick students with valid college IDs and children younger than age 5 will receive free admission.

Live streams for all three NCAA games will be available online. Tonight’s opener may be streamed at; the second game will be available at; and Saturday’s game may be accessed at

Schenevus grad in NCAAs

Schenevus graduate Taylor Spranger will make an NCAA D-III Tournament appearance at 7 tonight, when her Wells College team plays Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (27-0) in the opening round at the Ferguson Athletic Center in Madison, N.J.

A former First Team Tri-Valley League All-Star, forward Spranger is averaging two points, two rebounds and 6 1/2 minutes in her freshman season for the North Eastern Athletic Conference champion Express (19-8). Wells earned its first NEAC title and an automatic NCAA berth by defeating Lancaster Bible College, 67-60, in the conference championship game last Saturday.

Spranger joins Oneonta High graduate Sienna Wisse and Jefferson graduate Chelsea Martin on the list of former area standouts who will compete in the NCAA D-III Tournament this season.

Junior guard Wisse will play for Messiah College (20-7) at 5 p.m. today in a first-round game against Randolph-Macon at Madison, N.J.

Senior forward Martin and Sage College (17-9) will play a first-round game against host Ithaca College at 8 p.m. today. Martin, who holds a program record for most games played with 98 consecutive starts, recently earned a spot on the Skyline Conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team. 

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