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Lady Bulldogs claim No. 3 Seed for GAC Tournament

Updated: Jun 18, 2020


With the 2019-20 Great American Conference regular season complete, the league announced the brackets and schedules for the GAC Basketball Championships late Saturday. The event begins on Thursday from Bruin Fieldhouse in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

As one of three co-champions of the GAC, SWOSU has earned the No. 3 seed for the upcoming tournament and they will meet Arkansas-Monticello on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the quarter-finals. SWOSU and UAM have never faced off in the GAC Tournament and the Lady Bulldogs are 15-3 against the Cotton Blossoms since the formation of the conference, including wins in eight straight meetings.

The Lady Bulldogs enter the field as the hottest team in the league, having won seven straight games to close out the regular season and claim a share of the conference championship with Southeastern Oklahoma State and Harding. SWOSU becomes the first women’s basketball team in conference history to win at least a share of three straight GAC regular season titles.

SWOSU has qualified for the GAC Tournament in all nine years of the league’s existence and they’ve earned the No. 3 seed for the fourth time. In two of their previous three appearances as the No. 3 seed, SWOSU reached the tournament championship game and they are 3-0 in the quarterfinals as the third seed. The Lady Bulldogs are three-time champions of the GAC Tournament, having cut down the nets in Bartlesville at the end of the 2012, 2014 and 2019 tournaments.

The champion of the 2020 GAC Tournament will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II Central Regional while all others will be hoping to receive an at-large spot to continue their postseason play. Southeastern Oklahoma State was ranked sixth in the Central Region last week while SWOSU was No. 7 and Harding was at No. 9. A new regional ranking will be released on Wednesday, prior to the start of the GAC Tournament and the selection show for the NCAA Tournament will be on Sunday night following the conclusion of all conference tournaments.

Each game of the 2020 GAC Tournament will be streamed live on the GAC Sports Network. For complete coverage and additional information, visit the Basketball Championship Central page on the GAC’s official website.

Provided by SWOSU Public Relations

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