Women's Basketball Headed to Thomas More College for NCAA Sectionals
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St. Louis, Mo., March 6, 2011 – The No. 12 Washington University in St. Louis women’s basketball team is headed to Crestview Hills, Ky., to continue its NCAA championship defense against No. 1 ranked Thomas More College in the sectional semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament it was announced Sunday afternoon by the NCAA.
Washington University, which is making its NCAA Division III record 22nd-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advanced to the sectional semifinals by picking up a 71-55 win over No. 10 and previously unbeaten Denison University on Friday night, and a 56-52 victory over regional host No. 4 Hope College on Saturday night in a rematch of the 2010 NCAA Division III national championship game.
While Washington University and sectional host Thomas More will square off in one sectional semifinal, fellow University Athletic Association (UAA) member University of Chicago and Greensboro College will play in the other Sweet 16 matchup. The two semifinal winners will play on Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. for a right to advance to the Final Four, held Friday-Saturday, March 18-19, on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.
Thomas More (30-0) earned an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as the undefeated champions of the President’s Athletic Conference. The Saints defeated Piedmont College, 53-44, in the NCAA opening round on Friday night, and advanced to the sectional round with a 76-63 win over No. 14 University of Mount Union on Saturday.
Chelsea Tolliver (13.5 ppg) and Nicole Dickman (13.2) lead the Saints offensively. Washington University picked up a 80-64 victory at Thomas More in the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.
No. 6 University of Chicago (24-3) defeated No. 25 Hanover College, 76-62, in the NCAA opening round then held off a second-half rally by No. 18 Calvin College to pick up a 67-62 win in the regional final in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Maroons have won 20-straight games heading into this weekend’s action and have four players scoring in double figures, led by junior Taylor Simpson (14.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg), who was named the 2011 UAA Player of the Year.
No. 15 Greensboro College (28-2) defeated No. 20 St. Vincent College in opening round action on Friday then used a three-pointer from Nikki Wilborn with 2.3 seconds to play to edge regional host Juniata College, 57-55, on Saturday night
Greensboro, which is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history, earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament as the runner-up in the USA South Athletic Conference. The Pride are led by Danielle Duncan (21.6 ppg) and Wilborn (14.1 ppg). Washington University and Greensboro have never met.
Tickets for the NCAA sectionals will be $6 for adults and $4 for children and students. All seats at the Thomas More College Connor Convocation Center are general admission.