By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Holy Family women’s basketball team is still standing after two rounds of the Division II NCAA Tournament. Next up for the Tigers, a match-up tonight with the top seed in the East region, Bentley.
26-7 Holy Family advanced by beating Dowling College (71-64 on Friday) and Southern Connecticut (71-61 on Saturday) in the first and second rounds, respectively. Tigers head coach Mark Miller talks about why his squad is still standing.
“The thing that makes us go and the thing that we’ve done all year long is that we play great defense and we rebound the basketball. My feeling is if we can do those two things and then not turn it over, we have a chance to be in every single ballgame. We’ve done that the last six weeks, we’ve done that since we’ve been up here at the regional tournament and it’s just something that has to continue tonight against a very good Bentley team.”
Bentley was actually Holy Family’s opponent in their regular season opener – Tigers lost 82-57. But Miller says that game was a long time ago.
Listen to KYW’s Matt Leon’s interview with Mark Miller:
“The only thing we really take away from it (that first game) is the personnel and what those personnel can do. We’re a much different team now than what we were in early November. We do so many things different, our kids have improved.”
Bentley is a dominant force in Division II women’s hoops. They are 29-3 this season and looking to win their 12th regional championship in 24 years.
Holy Family and Bentley will tip-off in Waltham, Massachusetts at 7:00pm tonight.