EMPORIA, Kan – The Lady Hornets have earned their 21st trip to the NCAA Tournament and will be the #4 seed in the NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament and will play fifth seeded Southeastern Oklahoma in the first round at the UCM Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg, Mo. on Friday. It is the 21st time in the last 24 years that Emporia State has qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
This will be just the second time the Lady Hornets have played the Savage Storm. Emporia State opened the 2003-04 season with a 90-58 win over Southeastern Oklahoma in White Auditorium.
The Lady Hornets are one of three MIAA teams to make the regional field. In addition to Emporia State and host Central Missouri, Fort Hays State will be in action in Warrensburg this weekend.
Emporia State is 24-7 on the year and went 15-4 to finish second in the MIAA this season. The Lady Hornets are 40-19 in NCAA Tournament play and are ranked fourth all-time among active Division II schools in total tournament wins. Emporia State has been to the Regional Championship 14 times, have made six trips to the Elite Eight, four to the Final Four, two national title game appearances and won the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Game times and ticket information will be available on Monday afternoon.
NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Central Regional
Hosted by the University of Central Missouri
First Round – Friday, March 13
Central Missouri vs. Southwestern Oklahoma
Emporia State vs. Southeastern Oklahoma
Minn.-Duluth vs. Fort Hays State
Sioux Falls vs. St. Cloud State
Semifinals – Saturday, March 14
UCM/SWOSU vs. ESU/SEOSU
UMD/FHSU vs. USF/SCSU
Championship – Monday, March 16
#1 Central Missouri
27-4, 18-1 MIAA
MIAA Regular Season and Tournament Champions
#2 Minnesota Duluth
26-6, 20-2 NSIC
NSIC North Division Champions; NSIC Tournament Runners-Up
#3 Sioux Falls
26-6, 17-5 NSIC
NSIC South Division Champions; NSIC Tournament Semifinals
#4 Emporia State
24-7, 15-4 MIAA
MIAA Regular Season and Tournament Runners-up
#5 Southeastern Oklahoma State
22-7, 16-6 GAC
GAC Regular Season Co-Champions and Tournament Champions
#6 St. Cloud State
23-7, 16-6 NSIC
NSIC North Division Runners-Up; NSIC Tournament Champions
#7 Fort Hays State
23-7, 13-6 MIAA
Fourth in MIAA Regular Season; MIAA Tournament Semifinals
#8 Southwestern Oklahoma State
21-8, 16-6 GAC
GAC Regular Season Co-Champions; GAC Quarterfinals