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Cheers to WSU's women's and men's basketball for making the NCAA tournament
The 2012-13 Wayne State University women's basketball squad (20-8) has earned the second NCAA tournament berth in school history receiving one of six at-large bids for the Midwest Region. GLIAC regular-season and tournament champion Ashland garnered the top seed and will host the first three rounds of the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Warriors last qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2003 where the eighth-seeded Motown team suffered a 91-83 setback at top-seeded Indianapolis. Jodi Young led the 2003 team with 29 points and seven rebounds against the Greyhounds, while Keneisha Moss contributed 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Ebony Vincent dished out 10 assists and totaled seven points.
Wayne State, the No. 6 seed, will face GLIAC rival and third-seeded Findlay in a first round match-up on Friday, March 15. The Warriors and the Oilers had two meetings this season with UF winning 90-84 in overtime in Detroit on Jan. 5, and Findlay taking a 67-60 decision yesterday in a GLIAC semifinal contest also played at Ashland.
In addition, the Wayne State University men's basketball team received an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA Division II championship tournament field in an announcement made March 10 by the NCAA.
The seventh-seeded Warriors will play the No. 2-seeded Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles Saturday, March 16, at Drury University in Springfield, Mo.
Wayne State will be making its second NCAA Division II tournament appearance in the last three years and 11th Division II appearance all-time. WSU also competed in the 1956 NCAA Division I tournament where the Tartars defeated DePaul before falling to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen round. In 1970, WSU participated in the College Division Great Lakes Regional. In 1939, Wayne University competed in the National Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament.
Stay tuned to wsuathletics.com for the latest information on possible broadcasts of the NCAA tournament games.