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Gorilla Women Earn NCAA Tournament Berth

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For the second time in three years, the No. 22 Pittsburg State women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.
 
The Gorillas will be the No. 5 seed at the Central Regional hosted by seconded-seeded Harding at Rhodes Field House in Searcy, Ark. The Gorillas will face fourth-seeded Wayne State on Friday (March 14).
 
Top-seeded Emporia State, which captured the MIAA Tournament title, was unable to host the eight-team regional.
 
"I think we have played one of the toughest schedules in the country," head coach Lane Lord said. "That certainly helped us get to this position. The five seed is a great place to be. We have veteran players that have been in the NCAA Tournament before and know what it is all about. We will really rely on them to set the tone."
 
"We are very excited to have a new life," senior guard Alexa Bordewick said. "We have a do or die mentality. We are refreshed and ready to go."
 
This will be the seventh all-time trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Gorillas. The team's last trip was in 2012, when Pitt State won the South Central Regional in Topeka, Kan. and advanced to the Elite Eight in San Antonio, Texas before falling to Shaw, 58-61, in the national quarterfinals.
 
The three wins in the 2012 South Central Regional were the first in NCAA Tournament action for the Gorillas. The team has a 3-6 all-time record in NCAA Tournament contests.
 
Pitt State enters the Central Regional with a 23-7 record. The team finished the regular season on a 12-game win streak to earn the No. 3 seed in the MIAA Tournament. The team lost a tight, 65-67 contest to Southwest Baptist in the conference tournament quarterfinals.
 
Wayne State is 27-4 overall and finished 19-3 in the Northern Sun. The team suffered a 69-75 overtime loss to Sioux Falls in the quarterfinals of the NSIC Tournament.
 
Emporia State will face eighth-seeded Southwestern Oklahoma, both were champions of their respective conference tournaments. Host Harding will match up with Concordia-St. Paul who won the Northern Sun Tournament. MIAA runner up Central Missouri earned the No. 3 seed and will match up with sixth-seeded Northern State.
 
Ticket prices and game times will be released as soon as they are available from the host school. 

Stay connected to pittstategorillas.com for additional information regarding the 2014 NCAA Division II National Tournament as it becomes available.
 
2014 NCAA Division II Central Regional
Searcy, Ark. • Rhodes Field House • Mar. 14-15 & 17

 
Friday, March 14 • First Round Action
No. 1 Emporia State (28-3) vs. No. 8 Southwestern Oklahoma (19-10)
No. 2 Harding (29-2) vs. No. 7 Concordia-St. Paul (25-8)
No. 3 Central Missouri (25-4) vs. No. 6 Northern State (24-6)
No. 4 Wayne State (27-4) vs. No. 5 Pittsburg State (23-7)


Saturday, March 15 • Semifinals
3/6 Winner vs. 2/7 Winner
1/8 Winner vs. 4/5 Winner
 
Monday, March 17 • Finals
Regional Final
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