Several former District 10 women’s basketball standouts will be playing in Division I conference tournaments this week. Here’s a rundown of a few:
• Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride helped No. 2-ranked Notre Dame win the regular-season title in their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Fighting Irish enter this week’s tournament as the No. 1 seed at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro (N.C.).
The Irish are 29-0 overall and finished 16-0 in the ACC. They will receive first-round and second-round byes and advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 8 Miami and No. 9 Florida State on Friday. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.
McBride ranks second on Notre Dame’s team with an average of 17.7 points per game. She leads the Irish with 3.9 assists per game and ranks third with 5.6 rebounds per game. McBride, a senior guard, enters the postseason with 1,719 career points, good for seventh on the school’s career list.
The Dukes take an 18-11 overall record into the tournament after tying for fifth in the A-10 with a 10-6 record. They have lost five of their past seven games, but they closed the regular season with a 54-51 road win over Rhode Island. Duquesne also beat Rhode Island 62-47 earlier in the season.
Duquesne will open the tournament against that same Rhode Island team Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will face No. 3 Fordham in the quarterfinals Friday night.
Moore, a senior guard, ranks second on the team with an average of 14.6 points per game while also averaging 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists. She is shooting 41.6 percent from 3-point range and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Dukes need to win the A-10 to guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA tournament.
FGCU (22-7 overall) plays a crucial season finale against Stetson in DeLand, Fla., on Saturday. Both teams are 16-1 in the conference, but the Eagles won their earlier matchup 72-56. The winner of Saturday’s game will be the top seed in the A-Sun tournament.
Hansen, a senior, is a record-setting guard for FGCU. She leads the Eagles in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) for the fourth consecutive season. She has 1,842 career points and has an outside shot at reaching the 2,000-point mark if FGCU can stay alive long enough in the postseason.
• Villa Maria grad Lisa Mifsud and Holy Cross closed the regular season at 18-11 overall and 10-8 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders will enter the Patriot League Tournament as the fifth seed and will visit No. 4 Bucknell (16-12, 11-7) Thursday at 7 p.m. Holy Cross lost twice to Bucknell — 83-79 in OT and 82-79 — during the regular season.
Mifsud, a sophomore guard, is averaging 10.1 points and 3.1 assists per game.
Indiana (18-11 overall, 5-11 Big Ten) is the No. 11 seed in the 12-team tournament. The Hoosiers have gone 4-11 since opening 14-0. No. 7 Michigan is 17-12 overall and 8-8 in the Big Ten.
Villa graduate Karlee McBride, a freshman guard, is averaging 4.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.
Robbins, a freshman guard, is averaging 3.4 points per game.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor