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Sacred Heart will defend its Northeast Conference tournament after it went on a 12-game winning streak to end the season over the past two months. The Pioneers only conference loss was to Le Moyne back on Jan. 15. 

Led by sophomore guard Ny’Ceara Pryor, Sacred Heart finished with the the conference’s No. 1 offense and defense this season. The Pioneers averaged 66.0 points per game and allowed 57.7 points.

The next-closest teams were Merrimack with 59.3 points per game on offense and Le Moyne with 60.8 points allowed on defense.

Pryor leads the conference with 18.5 points per game and 4.47 assists per game. She also shoots at the second-best rate in the NEC with a 46.9% shooting percentage.

Other key players to watch are Central Connecticut’s Samora Watson, Long Island’s Ashley Austin, Le Moyne’s Lytoya Baker and Fairleigh Dickinson’s Teneisia Brown.

Sacred Heart has four conference titles since 2006, but the Pioneers don’t hold a candle to St. Francis (PA)’s 12 NEC championships since 1996. Le Moyne, Central Connecticut and StoneHill have never won the conference tournament.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 Northeast Conference women’s tournament, including the bracket schedule, scores and results.

The full seeding bracket and team records for the 2024 Northeast Conference women’s basketball tournament are below:

Place Team Record (Northeast Conference)
No. 1 Sacred Heart 21-9 (15-1)
No. 2 Le Moyne 16-13 (14-2)
No. 3 Fairleigh Dickinson 13-16 (11-5)
No. 4 Merrimack 11-18 (8-8)
No. 5 Central Connecticut 9-20 (7-9)
No. 6 Long Island University 8-21 (5-11)
No. 7 Stonehill 4-25 (4-12)
No. 8 St. Francis (PA) 5-24 (4-12)

Northeast Conference women’s basketball tournament schedule 2024

The America East women’s basketball tournament will be played from Monday, March 11, to Sunday, March 17.

Each game will be played at the campus of the highest seed in each matchup. The playoffs will be reseeded after the quarterfinals.

Here is the schedule of games:

Monday, March 11: Quarterfinals

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 1: No. 1 Sacred Heart 78, No. 8 St. Francis (PA) 48 7 p.m. NEC FrontRow
Game 2: No. 2 Le Moyne 79, No. 7 Stonehill 59 7 p.m. NEC FrontRow
Game 3: No. 3 Fairleigh Dickinson 71, No. 6 Long Island University 59 7 p.m. NEC FrontRow
Game 4: No. 4 Merrimack 76, No. 5 Central Connecticut 51 7 p.m. NEC FrontRow

Thursday, March 14: Semifinals

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 5: No. 4 Merrimack at No. 1 Sacred Heart 7 p.m. ESPN+, YES, NESN+
Game 6: No. 3 Fairleigh Dickinson at No. 2 Le Moyne 7 p.m. ESPN+, YES, NESN+

Sunday, March 17: Championship

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 7: Lowest-remaining seed at highest-remaining seed 12 p.m. ESPNU, ESPN+, Sling

How to watch the Northeast Conference tournament live

The Northeast Conference tournament championship game will air on ESPNU. The semifinals will air on YES, a regional TV network covering all of New York and Connecticut along with parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Fans can also watch all rounds on ESPN+ and can watch the semifinals on NESN+

Streamers can also watch the ESPNU broadcast on Sling, which offers a wide range of channels. You can always cheer for your favorite teams with channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1 and more.

  • Quarterfinals: NEC FrontRow
  • Semifinals: ESPN+, YES, NESN+
  • Championship: ESPNU, ESPN+Sling

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    Tyler Greenawalt is a contributing writer for The Sporting News after stops at Yahoo Sports, USA Today Sports and Turner Sports. He’s worked in written, video, social media and augmented reality content since he graduated from Syracuse University in 2014. His favorite teams – the New York Jets, Orlando Magic and Tottenham Hotspur – always find new and exciting ways to disappoint him, and he consistently questions his fandom. You can follow his bad sports takes at @TyGreen14 on X.

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