By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation
Heading into the first weekend of the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament, the Tufts University women’s basketball team remained our top squad in our weekly New England Top 10 Poll despite falling to second-ranked Bowdoin College in yesterday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship.
The Jumbos secured an at-large bid to the upcoming tournament and will face SUNY Poly in Springfield. The winner could tip-off against fifth-ranked Western New England – the Golden Bears will face SUNY Cortland in its initial postseason contest.
Amherst College is also in the NCAA Tournament – they will host Framingham State in the opening round, which is one of our three ‘on the rise’ teams.
Eastern Connecticut moved-up two spots, checking-in fourth overall while Williams College and Rhode Island College secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively.
Smith College, which won its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday, moved up two spots to the eighth position while Babson College and Springfield College rounded out the poll, checking-in ninth and tenth, respectively.
New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 14 Poll| Monday, March 2nd, 2020
|1. Tufts University||26-1, 10-0 NESCAC||Last Week: No. 1|
|2. Bowdoin College||25-2, 8-2 NESCAC||Last Week: No. 3|
|3. Amherst College||22-4, 8-2 NESCAC||Last Week: No. 2|
|4. Eastern Connecticut||23-4, 14-2 LEC||Last Week: No. 6|
|5. Western New England||21-5, 14-2 CCC||Last Week: No. 4|
|6. Williams College||18-8, 6-4 NESCAC||Last Week: No. 7|
|7. Rhode Island College||22-5, 13-3 LEC||Last Week: No. 5|
|8. Smith College||24-4, 7-3 NEWMAC||Last Week: No. 10|
|9. Babson College||18-8, 10-0 NEWMAC||Last Week: No. 8|
|10. Springfield College||19-8, 9-1 NEWMAC||Last Week: No. 9|
ON THE RISE: Emmanuel College, Endicott College, and Framingham State