Whitewater Warhawks receive NCAA bid
The Warhawks (21-6) received their NCAA at-large bid Monday, and will face the Purple Raiders (25-3) at 4 p.m. Thomas More (28-0) the top-ranked Division III women’s team all season, hosts Piedmont College (20-8) at 6 p.m.
The winners advance to Saturday’s regional title game at
6 p.m. Regional winners advance to sectional play March 11-12. Illinois Wesleyan University hosts the NCAA III final four March 18-19 at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill.
Whitewater is making its fourth consecutive NCAA Division III tournament appearance, and its 13th postseason appearance overall. The Warhawks advanced to the final four, finishing third, in 2008 and in the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championship. Whitewater advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1986.
The Warhawks finished second in the WIAC and in the league’s postseason tournament to earn the at-large berth. Whitewater is ranked No. 21 in the D3hoops.com poll and No. 28 in the USA Today/ESPN Division III poll.
Mount Union is no stranger to Whitewater. The schools faced each other six consecutive years in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the Division III football championship. The Purple Raiders are ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 18 in the D3hoops.com.
UMC is led by a pair of all-conference guards, junior Kori Wiedt (12.4 points) and sophomore Rosa LaMattina (11.6 points, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals).
Thomas More has been ranked number one all season. The Saints have earned six straight Presidents Athletic Conference championships, and five straight PAC tournament titles.