Lion Women to Face Colo. Mesa in NCAA Tournament
The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team is NCAA Division II Tournament bound for the second time in program history, as announced by the NCAA on Sunday evening. The Lions are the seventh seed in the South Central Region and will face second-seed Colorado Mesa in the first round in Grand Junction, Colo.
A&M-Commerce has a record of 20-10 on the year, the program's third ever 20-win season. The Lions and CMU (26-3) will face off in the regional quarterfinal at 6 p.m. MDT (7 p.m. CDT) on Friday, March 15. That quarterfinal will be followed by No. 3 Lubbock Christian playing No. 6 Tarleton. The winners of the two quarterfinals will play the regional semifinal at 7 p.m. MDT (8 p.m. CDT) on Saturday, March 16.
In a unique situation, the South Central Region will have split hosting duties, with No. 1 West Texas A&M hosting the other half of the bracket with No. 8 Eastern New Mexico, No. 4 Angelo State, and No. 5 Westminster (Utah). The two semifinal winners at each site will play the South Central Regional final on Tuesday, March 19, at the top remaining seed.
It is the second time the Lions have qualified for the NCAA Tournament, after qualifying in the 2006-07 season. That season, led by Britney Jordan and Kanani Marshal, the Lions won the Lone Star Conference North Division Championship, the LSC Tournament Championship, and the South Central Regional Championship, advancing to the Elite Eight.