BELTON, Texas The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team added another program first when the Cru was selected to the NCAA Division III National Championships with the announcement of the 64-team field on Monday (February 25th). This will mark the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history after a long tradition of success in the postseason when UMHB competed in the NAIA.
UMHB claimed an at-large bid to the tournament and will play in a four-team Regional hosted by UT Dallas in Richardson this weekend. The Cru will open against Rhodes College in a Friday evening First Round Game with UT Dallas hosting Texas Lutheran University in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader. The two First Round winners will face off Saturday evening with a spot in the Sectional Tournament on the line. Game times for all three games will be set by UT Dallas and announced soon.
The Cru women are 25-3 this season and set a new Division III era school record for wins in a season. UMHB fell to UT Dallas 63-58 in the American Southwest Conference Championship Game last Saturday evening. The Cru was 15-1 in ASC play and won the ASC West Division for the second straight year. Rhodes College is 17-11 on the year and won the Southern Athletic Association title this season. Texas Lutheran advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title and UTD clinched the ASC’s automatic bid with Saturday’s victory over UMHB.