Tori Faieta to Play in NCAA Basketball Tournament

Lynn’s Tori Faieta is ready for the Big Dance.

Faieta and her Stonehill College teammates will open play in the East Regional of the NCAA Division 2 Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday (2:30 p.m.) against Franklin Pierce at the Dana Center on the campus of Bentley University in Waltham.

Stonehill is the No. 2 seed in the regional behind No. 1 seed and regional host Bentley. Stonehill (23-4) handed Bentley (26-1) in its only loss of the season on Feb. 24. The two teams could meet Monday in the East Regional final.

Faieta was selected this season to the All Northeast-10 Conference Second Team. The 6-foot-2-inch sophomore center averaged 12.3 points and 8 rebounds per game. Faieta has 548 career points, putting her on  pace to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Faieta was a captain and a 1,000-point scorer for the St. Mary’s High School girls basketball team, helping to lead the Lady Spartans to the Division 3 state championship in 2011. Interestingly, the NCAA Division 2 Elite Eight is being played at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

One team with a familiar name playing in the Division 2 Tournament is Lynn University, which is located in Boca Raton, Fla. Lynn’s nickname is the Fighting Knights.

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