Tigerettes to play in NCAA Tournament
The Tuskegee Golden Tigerettes, who once won 16 consecutive games in the regular season conference schedule before losing in the quarterfinals of the SIAC Basketball Tournament to Fort Valley State University, have been selected to participate in the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship, beginning Friday afternoon on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
As the #2 seed in the South region, Tuskegee (19-7 overall) will square off against the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the opening round, which will be played Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. Eastern). The Lady Chargers (#7 in the South) are a team that the Tigerettes are familiar with, as Tuskegee earned their second win of the season over UAH by a 73-49 margin on the road inside Spragins Hall on Nov. 11. Even though they currently only have an overall record of 15-16, Alabama-Huntsville played its’ way into the NCAA Tournament by winning the Gulf South Conference Tournament.
The two teams that UAH defeated in the Gulf South Tournament await the winner of Tuskegee’s first game, as North Alabama (20-10; #6 in South) will play Delta State (19-9; #3 in South) in their opening round matchup, which is set for 11:00 a.m. local time (Noon, Eastern) and will be the first game played in the South region on the opening day of the tournament. The winner of this contest will play the winner between Tuskegee and UAH the next day. This Saturday will mark the Round of 32, and the quarterfinal matchup between the winners of these two games will be played at 4:00 p.m. local time (5:00 p.m. Eastern). The regional final will be played on Monday, March 16, with a scheduled time of 6:00 p.m. Central (7:00 p.m. Eastern).
It was expected that Tuskegee’s regional ranking might drop because of what happened during the quarterfinals of the SIAC Basketball Tournament, as the Tigerettes lost due to a last-second layup. However, Tuskegee enters the South regional with the fewest amount of losses, and with the #3 and #6 seed that it could potentially face in the second round also losing to an unexpected opponent in their own conference tournament.
The women’s basketball team will also hold a pep rally tonight to celebrate the team’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The pep rally is set to take place at 6:00 p.m. inside the Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Center.
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