America East Championship Preview


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T.J. Hummel, Copy Chief

With the victory against Stony Brook on Saturday, your Hartford Hawks are advancing to the America East championship game against the University of Vermont.

In the season series against Vermont, the Hawks are 0-2 with their last matchup ending with a score of 69-68 in favor of the Catamounts.

The Catamounts were lead by Guard Everett Duncan, who shot 7-10 from the field, 4-7 from beyond the arc, for a total of 18 points.

The Hawks were led by Guard Traci Carter, who shot 10-19 from the field, 5-9 from beyond the arc, for a total of 26 points.

The Hawks look to get their first win of the season against Vermont and what better time for it to happen in the America East championship game.

The Catamounts are the number one seed in the tournament, whereas the Hawks are seeded at number three.

The Hawks can look for primary scoring from Guard/Forward, Malik Ellison. He leads the team this year in points per game at 18.7 and field goal percentage at 51.4 percent.

The Hawks can also look for assists from Traci Carter. He leads the team this year averaging 4.9 assists per game. He also leads the team in steals per game, averaging 2.5.

The Hartford Hawks have a real shot here, as they only lost by one in their last matchup and have been playing phenomenal basketball here down the stretch.

The Hawks have already made history as they are playing in the first conference championship game in school history. An upset over the number 1 seed Catamounts would send the Hawks to the big dance for the first time in school history.

The game will take place at 11 am on March 14th. It can be viewed on ESPN2.