CORK’S Edel Thornton is to face fifth seed Marquette in the NCAA Basketball Championship.
Thornton, from Gurranabraher, is presently in her second season on a basketball scholarship with the prestigious Connecticut university, Quinnipiac – who are ranked 12th – and last week helped her team to win the MACC Championship title in Albany, New York.
Edel Thornon from Cork with the MACC Championship Trophy having helped Quinnipiac University defeat Rider in the finals in Albany, New York.
That victory ensured the Bobcats’ entry into the hugely exciting ‘March Madness’ NCAA Championship, and last night Thornton and her teammates learned that they will face Marquette on Saturday, and will have to travel to Miami to do so (1.30pm, GMT-4).
Thornton and her teammates hosted a ‘Selection Showing’ party at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden last night for the live televised draw on ESPN.
Thornton’s family will be eagerly watching their youngest make history in playing in the NCAA Championship, as will many of the basketball community in Cork who have watched Thornton thread the hardwood with her club Brunell in Parochial Hall as a young girl.
Last week’s MACC Championship final was televised live on BT Sport, and it’s not yet confirmed if Quinnipiac’s game will be televised on Saturday’s schedule, although it will be live on ESPN2 Stateside.
The former Irish basketball international was named in coach Tricia Fabbri starting five, wearing number 11, and featured throughout the game as a point guard, and she’ll be expected to play her part in Saturday’s knockout game once again.
UCONN are the favourites in the women’s division having won the last four consecutive championships, and Quinnipiac were lucky to avoid them in the first round.