Men’s and Women’s Basketball Clinch Regular Season Conference Championships

The St. Thomas University Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams each clinched the 2013-14 regular season Sun Conference Championship with a pair of wins on Wednesday night over Northwood University at the Fernandez Family Center.
 
The STU women’s team clinched its title in the first game of the doubleheader with a 84-68 win highlighted by a career-high 29 points by senior Daniella Ciccarone (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown HS) who hit an astounding 17-of-18 free throw attempts.  Junior Antishia Wright scored 20 or more points for the fifth time this year with 23 points of her own on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
 
It marked the fourth regular season conference championship for the Bobcats (2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14) since entering Sun Conference play as a program in 2007-08.   In the program's seven-year history, St. Thomas has a regular-season conference record of 78-17 (.821).  The past two seasons have been especially dominant with the Bobcats putting up a record of 27-2 (.931) in regular-season conference play.  This year’s championship comes under the leadership of first-year Head Coach Albrey Grimsley who has led the Bobcats to a 13-2 conference record and a number one seed in the conference tournament that begins Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Fernandez Family Center.
 
On the men’s side, seniors Floyd Battle and Khaalis Coppock-Bey each scored 20 points as 11th ranked St. Thomas clinched the regular season Sun Conference title with a 88-82 win over no. 13 Northwood.  With the win, the Bobcats (22-5, 15-2 Sun) extended their winning streak to seven games and swept both games the season against the Seahawks (12-6, 12-4 Sun).  St. Thomas has won 11 of its last 12 games with four of the wins coming against teams ranked at the time in the NAIA Division II Coaches Top-25 Poll. STU defeated then-no. 1 Embry-Riddle on Jan. 18 and followed that up with a win at then- no. 7 Northwood. On Feb. 12, the Bobcats won at home 60-58 at home vs. Embry-Riddle, ranked 19th at the time.
 
The regular season Sun Conference championship is the third in program history for St. Thomas (1994, '97). In his two seasons at the helm of the Bobcats, first-time Head Coach Patrick Gayle has a 43-17 (.717) overall record and a 24-9 (.727) record in conference play. Gayle's 2012-13 team advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division II National Championships. 
 
STU will be the top seed in the Sun Conference Championships which open on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Fernandez Family Center.

Sun Conference Championships Tournament Schedules
 
Women’s Basketball: 
Tuesday, Feb. 25 Round One     7 p.m. 
Thursday, Feb. 27 Banquet           6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28 Semifinals       5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28 Semifinals       7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 Finals               3 p.m.
 
 
Men’s Basketball:
Saturday, March 1 Round One     7 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 Banquet           6 p.m. 
Monday, March 3 Semifinals       5 p.m.
Monday, March 3 Semifinals       7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 Finals               7 p.m.