Tarleton is headed to the big dance for the ninth time in school history and the TexAnns enter the postseason as the No. 6 seed in the South Central Region. Led by Head Coach Misty Wilson, Tarleton will make its way to Grand Junction, Colorado for the first two round of the postseason tournament and will open against No. 3-seed Lubbock Christian on Friday at 9:30 p.m. CT / 8:30 p.m. MT.
THE ROAD TO COLUMBUS
The NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship will be played at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of Ohio Dominican University. The Women’s Basketball Elite Eight will be played from March 26-29 in Columbus and Tarleton will need to win three games at the regional tournament to earn an invitation for the first time in program history. Standing in the way of the TexAnns starts with No. 3-seed Lubbock Christian. The second round will feature the winner of (2) Colorado Mesa and (7) Texas A&M-Commerce. If Tarleton is still standing after the first two games, they will face off with the winner of the top half of the bracket which includes (1) West Texas A&M, (8) Eastern New Mexico, (4) Angelo State, and (5) Westminster (UT).
UNIQUE HOSTING DUTIES
The NCAA South Central Regional Tournament will be split among two locations due to West Texas A&M hosting both the men’s and women’s regionals. The first two rounds of the regional tournament will be played in Grand Junction, Colorado – the home of the No. 2-seeded Colorado Mesa Mavericks – and the regional championship will be held at the home of the highest remaining seed in the tournament on Tuesday, March 19 instead of Monday, March 18. This provides and extra day for travel for the competing teams. As the No. 6 seed, Tarleton could still host one more game in Wisdom Gym by advancing to the regional finals against No. 8-seed Eastern New Mexico.
TARLETON SPORTS NETWORK PRESENTED BY NTX FORD DEALERS
A complete radio broadcast of the games can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers. The Voice of the TexAnns, Kyle Crews, will have the call on the flagship station of Tarleton Athletics – KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville – and worldwide at www.TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. There will also be live stats and video courtesy of the host institution. Direct links for live stats, audio and video can be found on the women’s basketball schedule at TarletonSports.com or on the official mobile app.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Anyone wishing to watch the games online can find direct links to the event at the following locations on the World Wide Web (These locations will always provide the exact links for fan convenience):
• TarletonSports Mobile App for iOS and Android. Fans can download the app through the iTunes or Android Store, as well as by visiting www.TarletonSports.com/MobileApp.
• Women’s Basketball Schedule Page at TarletonSports.com
• Game Day Preview Story on TarletonSports.com, which is always released on the day before the first competition of the week.
• Game Day Graphics, which are released the morning of Game Day, on @TarletonSports Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
Tickets for the South Central Regional Championship will be available via the internet at CMUMavericks.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-410-MAVS. Gates will open one hour prior to tip-off each day. Tickets will include all games that day. Reserved Adult tickets are $15 and General Admission Adult tickets are $10. General Admission Students and Seniors are $5 and General Admission Children (18 & under) are free.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Tarleton comes into the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country. The TexAnns have won 10 of their last 12 games, including one of the hardest-fought losses in the history of the program to end their run in the LSC Tournament. Tarleton went punch-for-punch in a showdown with Angelo State and came up short in a 108-103 loss in the LSC semifinals.
A FAMILIAR FOE
Tarleton and the then-ranked No. 10 Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps have already met once this season and the TexAnns came out victorious 67-56 in Stephenville. Tarleton forced Lubbock Christian into 26 turnovers which led to 31 of Tarleton’s 67 total points. Kaylee Allen led the way with her most complete performance of the season to that point as the senior poured in 17 points to lead Tarleton while adding two rebounds, four assists, and a team-high eight steals. She would end up being named the LSC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week for her performance. Mackenzie Hailey, who missed last year’s regional game against the Lady Chaps due to injury, finished with 15 points on 7-13 shooting, seven rebounds, and five steals. This will be the second straight year that Tarleton has opened the regional tournament against Lubbock Christian.
TARLETON’S TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Tarleton is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history and third straight under head coach Misty Wilson. Wilson has been a part of all nine of Tarleton’s postseason runs – six as an assistant coach and three as the head coach. Tarleton is 2-9 all-time in the tournament with their last postseason victory coming against Texas A&M International in the opening round of the 2014 tournament.
UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will need to continue winning for their season to remain alive. After the regional tournament is the Women’s Basketball Elite Eight in Columbus, Ohio on March 26-29. For more information regarding Tarleton Women’s Basketball, follow on Twitter and Instagram (@Tarleton_WBK).