STARTING LINEUP: HAPPY NEC NEW YEAR!
Non-conference play came and went (with the exception of one last non-conference tilt on Wednesday night between Mount St. Mary’s and Radford), the holiday breaks are over, and, now, the NEC New Year is finally upon us!
The road to the 2019 NEC Women’s Basketball Championship officially hits high gear on Saturday afternoon with the first of 10 consecutive conference play weekends, which lead right into March and the eventual crowning of a league champion on St. Patrick’s Day.
If we are going to be honest, NEC teams missed on some opportunities during non-conference play in 2018.
Collectively, the league racked up 25 victories over Division 1 opponents, which included teams from the America East, Ivy League, Mid-Eastern, Atlantic Sun, Colonial, Patriot, Big South, Atlantic-10, Metro Atlantic, Western Athletic, and Ohio Valley conferences.
There weren’t any Power 5 wins such as Sacred Heart over SEC member Auburn in 2010 or LIU Brooklyn over the Big 12’s Oklahoma State in 2012, but all NEC teams managed to produce some noteworthy highlights as they put in the preparations for the upcoming conference season.
Here is a brief glance at each team’s non-conference accomplishments and where they stand going into the 2019 conference season…