Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Virginia Union Lady Panthers to Host NCAA Basketball Regional

RICHMOND, Virginia -- History was made on Sunday, March 6, when the NCAA announced that the Virginia Union University women's basketball team would host the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Panthers, as the top seed in the Atlantic Region of the NCAA, will host the first three rounds on March 11, 12 and 14, in the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, Va.

VUU will face eighth-seeded Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Frriday, March 11, in the Ashe Center.

NCAA Atlantic Region Tournament Central

#2 seeded California (Pa.) will face #7 seed Chowan University while #3 seed West Liberty will face #7 Shaw University.

Fourth-seeded Wheeling Jesuit will face #5 West Chester.

All the first-round games will be played on March 11 in the Ashe Center.

Twenty-four conferences have been awarded automatic qualification. The remaining 40 teams were selected at large by the committee.

Seven of the regional tournaments, consisting of eight teams each, will be conducted March 11, 12 and 14 at regional sites. The South Central regional will be conducted March 10, 11 and 13. The eight regional champions will advance to the quarterfinals in conjunction with the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Elite Eight at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The finals will be part of a larger 35th anniversary NCAA women's basketball championship celebration taking place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis the first week in April. Championship week will culminate with five championship basketball games and three national titles decided within a 48-hour period at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It will be the first time in the history of NCAA women's basketball that all three divisional championships will be decided in the same city and venue. The Division I national semifinals will be played Sunday, April 3 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. EST. The Division II and III national championship games will be played on Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, while the Division I national championship game will be played on Tuesday, April 5 at 8:30 p.m.


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