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NCAA championship to be decided on Heritage Court

03/20/2015, 4:30pm CDT
By Sanford Pentagon

Eight Division II women’s basketball teams converge on Sioux Falls


 - A month-long barrage of postseason basketball tournaments in Sioux Falls peaks this week with the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight at the Sanford Pentagon.

Hosted by the Sioux Falls Sports Authority and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the three-round tournament runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and features the winners of each of the NCAA’s eight regions for Division II women’s basketball. Wednesday night's semifinal contests and Friday night’s national championship game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Tuesday’s quarterfinal round includes four games. Nova Southeastern (Fla.) won the South Region and will face Atlantic-Region champion California (Pa.) at noon. Emporia State (Kan.), which won the Central Region, faces South Central Region-champion West Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. California Baptist, the West Region winner, plays New Haven (Conn.), the East Region champion, at 6 p.m. Southeast Region champion Limestone (S.C.) and Lewis (Ill.), the Midwest Region’s representative, cap the night with an 8:30 contest.

Semifinals start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and Friday’s title game tips at 7 p.m.

This event is among eight Division II national championships awarded to Sioux Falls by the NCAA in December 2013.

In the last month, the city has hosted two college conference tournaments, two high school state tournaments and the Division II men’s basketball Central Region tournament.

Tuesday (Quarterfinals)
Game 1: Nova Southeastern (27-5) vs. California (Pa.) (29-4), noon
Game 2: Emporia State (28-4) vs. West Texas A&M (30-2), 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: California Baptist (27-6) vs. New Haven (26-5), 6 p.m.
Game 4: Limestone (33-1) vs. Lewis (31-2), 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday (Semifinals)
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30 p.m.

Friday (Finals)
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Fan information
Parking: Fans are welcome to park for free in lots located on the northwest and east sides of the Sanford Pentagon plus the east side of the Sanford Fieldhouse.

  • Food: There are three concessions areas located in the concourse of the Sanford Pentagon. They offer a variety of food and drinks. Also, Beef O’Brady’s is located just south and west of the main entrance.
  • In good company: Since opening in 2013, the Sanford Pentagon has hosted NBA teams the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves plus NCAA Division I games featuring Wisconsin, Wichita State, Memphis, UNLV, St. John’s, Florida Gulf Coast, South Dakota State and South Dakota. Iowa State and Colorado are set to face off there on Nov. 13, 2015. Tickets for that game sold out in less than five hours.
  • For more info: Follow the Pentagon on Twitter at @SanfordPentagon for updates throughout the event.


California Baptist Lancers
Record: 27-6
Ranking: Not ranked
History: First Elite Eight berth
Location: Riverside, Calif.
Enrollment: 8,000
Twitter: @cbulancers

New Haven Chargers
Record: 26-5
Ranking: No. 23
History: 1987 national champions
Location: West Haven, Conn.
Enrollment: 6,500
Twitter: @UNH_WBB

Emporia State Lady Hornets
Record: 28-4
Ranking: No. 9
History: 2010 national champions
Location: Emporia, Kan.
Enrollment: 6,500
Twitter: @ESULadyHornets

Nova Southeastern Sharks
Record: 27-5
Ranking: No. 18
History: Third Elite Eight bid in a row
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Enrollment: 27,000
Twitter: @NSUWBasketball

Limestone Saints
Record: 33-1
Ranking: No. 2
History: Second Elite Eight bid in a row
Location: Gaffney, S.C.
Enrollment: 3,000
Twitter: @LCWBB

Lewis Flyers
Record: 31-2
Ranking: No.4
History: First Elite Eight berth
Location: Romeoville, Ill.
Enrollment: 6,700
Twitter: @LewisWBBall

California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans
Record: 29-4
Ranking: No. 14
History: 2004 national champions
Location: California, Pa.
Enrollment: 8,200
Twitter: @CalUofPAWBB

West Texas A&M Lady Buffs
Record: 30-2
Ranking: No. 5
History: 2014 and 1988 national finalist
Location: Canyon, Texas
Enrollment: 8,981
Twitter: @wtathletics

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