INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan Tech was awarded the top seed and host site for the 2011 NCAA Division II Women\’s Basketball Midwest Regional as the NCAA announced the 64-team field for the tournament. Seven teams from around the region will descend upon Houghton for the regional which will be played March 11-14.
Michigan Tech and No. 4-seeded Grand Valley State represent the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Huskies earned the league\’s automatic bid by winning the GLIAC Tournament earlier today. GVSU was an at-large pick by the selection committee.
The six other teams in the eight-team regional are from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. No. 8 seeded Lewis earned the GLVC\’s automatic bid by winning the GLVC Tournament. No. 2 Quincy, No. 3 Wisconsin Parkside, No. 5 Drury, No. 6 Missouri S&T and No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan round out the field as at-large selections.
The schedule of games is as follows (all times Eastern):
Friday, March 11 • Quarterfinals
Game 1: No. 6 Missouri S&T vs. No. 3 Wisconsin-Parkside, 12 noon
Game 2: No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan vs. No. 2 Quincy, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 8 Lewis vs. No. 1 Michigan Tech, 6 p.m.
Game 4: No. 5 Drury vs. No. 4 Grand Valley State, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 • Semifinals
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 14 • Championship
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m.
All games will be played at the Student Development Complex Gymnasium on Michigan Tech\’s campus. Tickets for the event will go on sale Tuesday (Mar. 8), at 8 a.m. Michigan Tech season ticket holders and sponsors will have until 9 p.m. Wednesday (Mar. 9) to reserve their same seats. Prices for adults are $12 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission. Children age 3-18 are $5. College students are $3.
Michigan Tech is hosting the NCAA Midwest Regional for the second straight year. The Huskies defeated Drury 84-68 in last year\’s regional championship game to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.
The SDC Gym has been home to 23 postseason women\’s basketball games over the last four years.