New York University is hosting the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship this Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.

NYU, which reached the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in school history after defeating Ursinus College (84-50) in the first round and Gwynedd-Mercy College (72-60) in the second round last weekend, is the only New York metropolitan area college basketball team, men’s or women’s, to have won a national championship in the past 10 years.

NYU (25-2) will face Simpson College (23-6) in the Sweet 16 on March 9 at 7 pm, a contest that will be preceded by Sweet 16 a match-up between Kean University (26-3) and Randolph-Macon College (26-4) at 5 pm.

The winners of both Sweet 16 games will tip off March 10 at 7 pm in the Elite 8, with the victor earning a trip to the Final Four the following weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Ten years ago, the Violets won their first (and only) NCAA Championship, defeating the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair 72-70 on March 22, 1997, at Coles.

Since then, head coach Janice Quinn’s Violets have produced an overall 226-48 (.825) record and have qualified for a postseason tournament (NCAA or ECAC) every season.

Here is a look at some of the other prominent area teams during the last decade:

126-158 (.443)
194-115 (.628)
136-157 (.464)
159-132 (.546)
225-92 (.710)
148-154 (.490)
St. John’s
109-177 (.381)
173-135 (.562)
226-48 (.825)
169-93 (.645)

Ticket prices for this weekend’s game are $7 for general admission and $4 for students (with ID), senior citizens and children under 12.

For more information, please visit the NYU Athletics website at

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