(Tahlequah, OK)--Northeastern State University has been named the No. 1 seed and host site for the 2011 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball South Central Regional.
The No. 9-ranked RiverHawks are 24-4 on the season and host the eight-team regional Mach 11, 12 and 14 at Jack Dobbins Field House in Tahlequah.
"This is an historic event," said Scott Pettus, director of external operations for the NSU Department of Athletics. "This is our first opportunity to host a women's NCAA regional. We were lucky enough in 2002 to have the men's regional, so we know what kind of an impact this has on the NSU community, the community of Tahlequah and northeast Oklahoma."
NSU faces eight-seed University of Texas-Permian Basin (21-7) in Friday's quarterfinals, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Other matchups are Washburn (Kan.) (22-6) vs. Central Oklahoma (20-9); Tarleton State (Texas) (24-4) vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State (20-7); and Northwest Missouri State (24-4) vs. Texas Woman's (22-10).
General admission ticket prices are $10 per session. A limited number of chair-back seats are available for $15 each. Admission is $5 for ages 3-18 or students who present a valid university ID. Friday's first session is TSU-SOSU at noon and NMSU-TWU at 2:30 p.m. The late session begins at 6 p.m. with WU-UCO, followed by NSU-UTPB at 8:30 p.m.
NSU is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, all under head coach Randy Gipson. NSU also qualified for the tournament in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010. The RiverHawks have finished as regional runners-up in 2003 and 2010, but have never made it to the Elite Eight.
Last year the RiverHawks advanced to the regional championship before bowing out to eventual national champion Emporia State.
Pettus encouraged local basketball fans to turn out for the tournament and show their support for the RiverHawks.
"This team has achieved so much," Pettus said. "They've earned the right to host. These are local young ladies – nine of the 10 team members are products of eastern Oklahoma. They are hometown and truly testaments of what student-athletes are."
View and download the South Central Regional bracket.
View the selection show on the NCAA website.
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Published: 3/9/2011 3:01:59 PM