SHERMAN, Texas - The Austin College women's basketball team is heading back to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 1998-99. The 'Roos will face off against a familiar foe in the opening round on Friday at 5:00 p.m. in San Antonio on the campus of host school Trinity University.
Austin College, which won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship for the first time in program history on Sunday, will square off against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to open up the championship tournament after having faced the Crusaders earlier this season on December 30. The 'Roos won that contest 70-61 on their way to opening the season 12-0. The Crusaders, who enter the NCAA Tournament with a record of 24-4, were ranked No. 5 in the nation by D3Hoops.com at the time.
The 'Roos, who are 23-4 heading into the NCAA Tournament, are also joined by Trinity and the University of Texas-Dallas this weekend, with the Tigers and Comets playing the other first round game in the pod at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
The winners of Friday's games will square off on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen up for grabs. Austin College has played all three teams in this weekend's bracket, having topped UTD and UMHB in non-conference play and winning one of three against the Tigers, including a 76-67 win in Sunday's SCAC Championship game.