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Lady Bulldog claim 3rd national tournament berth

Updated: Jun 21


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The reigning champions of the Central Region will have an opportunity to defend their crown after SWOSU claimed the No. 8 seed for the regional tournament, which will take place on March 13-16 in Warrensburg, Missouri.

This is the third consecutive year the Lady Bulldogs have been in the national tournament field and the fifth time in program history they've qualified for the NCAA postseason.

As the No. 8 seed, SWOSU earns a first-round date with regional host Central Missouri, who earned the right to host the tournament at the UCM Multipurpose Building, where they are 13-0 this season. The Jennies are 27-4 on the year, won the MIAA regular season and tournament championships and they enter the postseason on a nine-game winning streak. The Lady Bulldogs are 2-0 all-time against UCM in the Central Regional, claiming a 73-71 victory in 2013 before winning a memorable 75-72 victory in the regional semifinals last season.

SWOSU is joined in the field by fellow Great American Conference member Southeastern Oklahoma State, who defeated Arkansas-Monticello in the GAC Tournament final on Sunday to earn the league's automatic bid. As the No. 5-seed, Southeastern will face Emporia State in the quarterfinal round. The other side of the bracket includes Minnesota Duluth vs. Fort Hays State and Sioux Falls vs. St. Cloud State in the quarterfinals.

Head Coach Kelsi Musick has now guided the Lady Bulldogs to five NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances, with each coming since 2013. SWOSU is 6-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, which includes a run to the national championship game last season.

By SWOSU Athletics

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