Lady Blues Picked As NCAA Regional Host, Draw Emporia State Rematch For First Round

By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

The Lady Blues were chosen to host their second straight NCAA region tournament as they were picked as the No. 1 seed in the Central Region Sunday.

The Lady Blues will play No. 8 Emporia State Friday at Schendel Court at Lee Arena in a quarterfinal with the time to be announced Monday. The two split their regular season meetings with each team winning at home. The Lady Hornets beat Washburn Saturday in the MIAA tournament semifinal en route to the title and an automatic bid to the tournament.

Washburn is making its 12th straight NCAA tournament appearance and 17th in school history. Emporia State got in by winning the MIAA postseason tournament on Sunday.

The winner will play the winner of the No. 4 Minnesota State/No. 5 Arkansas Tech winner Saturday and the championship game is Monday. The region champion will advance to the Elite Eight, March 26-29 in San Antonio, Texas.

Other first round games on Friday feature No. 2 Central Missouri against No 7 Southwestern Oklahoma and No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul against No. 6 Augustana. The winners of those two games will also play a semifinal on Saturday.

Game times for all three rounds will be announced Monday morning by Washburn.

This will be the second straight year Washburn and Emporia State have met in the NCAA tournament and sixth time in history. Washburn leads the series, 3-2 but fell to the Lady Hornets last year in the semifinal. The two have never met in a first round game.

NCAA Central Region Tournament
Schendel Court at Lee Arena
Washburn University
Topeka, Kan.

Session 1
Friday, March 15 - Quarterfinal Round
Game 1 • 12:00 p.m.
No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul vs No. 6 Augustana
Game 2 • 2:00 p.m.
No. 2 Central Missouri vs No. 7 Southwestern Oklahoma

Session 2
Friday, March 15 - Quarterfinal Round
Game 3 • 6:00 p.m.
No. 1 Washburn vs No. 8 Emporia State
Game 4 • 8:00 p.m.
No. 4 Minnesota State vs No. 5 Arkansas Tech

Session 3
Saturday, March 16 - Semifinal Round
Game 5 • 5:00 p.m.
Game 1 Winner vs Game 2 Winner
Game 6 • 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 Winner vs Game 4 Winner

Session 4
Monday, March 18 - Championship Round
Game 7 • 7:00 p.m.
Game 5 Winner vs Game 6 Winner


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