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NEW YORK, NY (SMI-GLOBAL-SPORTS-UNIVERSITY MARCH 09-11, 2024)-The Top-ranked & undefeated NYU Women's basketball team with 29-0, overall record defeated Scranton University 68-46, in the NCAA Elite-8, tournament hosted by NYU over the weekend, advances to the final-four for the first time since 2007,@ John A. Paulson Center, NYU University.

With the win, the Violets remain undefeated (29-0), and advances to semifinal rounds alongside Transylvania University (31-0),  Smith College (29-3-0) and Wartburg College (28-2-0) whom also claimed victories to be played next Thursday in Columbus, Ohio.

NYU (29-0) will face Transylvania (31-0) while Wartburg College will take on Smith College.

The Violets went to the offensive from start with a guard Belle Pellecchia and forward Morgan Morrison combining for a total of 13-points during a span of 5' minute and take a commanding lead of 13-7, with 04:21 left in the first period. Pellecchia scored three consecutive layups from inside the paint and a triple while Morrison added 2-Layups in the 13-7, run to closed-out the first frame 15-9, in favor of NYU.

In the 2nd period the Violets picked-up where they left-off and increased its lead by 16, with 12-1, run in span of 4' to make it 27-11, NYU with 05:58 left in the half. Forward Natalie Bruns began the 2nd frame attack netting her 4th consecutive FT  and a jumper and Megan Bauman and Caroline Pepper hit-back-to-back triples in the run sending the sold-out crowd wild at newly renovated John A. Paulson Center. 

NYU kept pressure offensively and its lead increased as much of the 22 points in the 4th frame with a solid defensive line and neutralizing Scranton offensive attack the rest of the game to seal the final victory of 68-46, for NYU. 

The Violets were led by 5-players in double-figures: Belle Pellecchia with 15-points & 9 rebounds.Caroline Pepper scored 13-points including 3-8, from outside the arc and Natalie Bruns added 10-points and recorded 6-rebounds while Megan Bauman & Morgan Morrison contributed with 11-points each with 7-rebounds and 5-Rebounds respectively in the victory.

NYU Head Coach and players Comments at the Post-game press conference about breaking through and advancing to the NCAA Div III Final Four:

Meg Barber (NYU Head Coach):I'm ecstatic for our program to got over the hump having stopped in two Elite-8, the last two seasons. And advance to the final four and do it at home in front of such a supportive students, friends and family base to cheer us it meant so much.

Natalie Bruns : I feel very emotional, this is something we've been working for not only since the last year we lost in the Elite-8 but two years ago. We saw what we hope to be able to do in that environment for ourself knowing the years and years of work that we putting and actually seeing through is a feeling that I can not describe 

Belle Pellecchia: I'm so excited and I'm probably going to start crying. I couldn't been more exciting and proud with this group of girls everyone single one of them. I'm so happy to have done it in our home court and it's an indescribable feeling. 

Megan Bauman: It's been unreal since the day step foot in NYU. The program that function the players have built and the legacy has been carry on and the tradition has been carry on I think it speaks the volume how great the team has been in the past. Several years making into the past two Elite -8, and now making into the final four I feel we had over the hump and now we are going to celebrate and look forward to next week.  


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