• Who: No. 1 Mercy (21-1) vs. No. 2 Career (20-2)
• When: Today, 7 p.m.
• Where: TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden
On the air: WAVZ 1300-AM (ESPNRadio.com)
• Players to watch: Career — Tanaya Atkinson (24 ppg); Brooklin Davis (10.8); Charleese Smith (6.9); Breion Knox; Dejah Lanier (33 3-pointers); Mercy — Maura Fitzpatrick (16.5); Sarah Gallo (11.5); Kendra Landy (9.4); Hannah Coleman (19 3-pointers).
• How Mercy got here: The Tigers received a bye and faced No. 8 Sheehan in the quarterfinals and, after getting pushed for most of the first half, came away with a 69-51 victory. The Tigers faced then No. 5 Hand, fresh off a big victory over No. 4 Lyman Hall. Hand gave Mercy all it could handle, but Mercy came away with a 48-39 win.
• How Career got here: The Panthers received a bye and drew Elm City rival No. 7 Hillhouse in the quarterfinals. The Panthers ran away with a 75-53 victory and met No. 3 Amity in the semifinals. After a hard-fought game, Career walked away with a 66-55 triumph.
• Why Career will win: The Panthers are a complete team. The first time these two teams met, a game Mercy won 65-47 in Middletown, Career looked stagnant. Atkinson was able to get to the basket, but the role players did not contribute much. In the second game, which Career won 63-55 in double-overtime, Smith and Lanier played well on the perimeter and Knox arguably outplayed Gallo inside. Atkinson cannot defeat Mercy, but Career as a team can.
• Why Mercy will win: This is the game Mercy wanted. The Tigers lost in last year’s SCC final to Career after former Panther guard Alyssa Alston put on a dribbling showcase to kill the clock for most of the fourth quarter. After topping Career by 18, and then forcing two overtimes in a loss, Mercy has a lot of confidence heading into the game. If guards Coleman and Destine Perry make shots they can be the difference, as Fitzpatrick and Atkinson, Landy and Davis and Knox and Gallo could cancel each other out.
• SCC titles: Career 4; Mercy 1.
• Did you know?: If Career wins, it will be the first team to win three consecutive SCC titles since Guilford did it from 2001-03, still the only time the feat has been accomplished. The Indians defeated Career 71-48 for the title in 2001.
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