The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women’s Basketball team has had more than a successful season in 2011-2012, grabbing not only both Mid-South Conference (MSC) Championship trophies, Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year, but now adding a final top ten national ranking, as they finished #6 in the NAIA polls.
With an impressive 28-3 record, the Patriots finished as high as #5 during the regular season, second in the program’s history only to the 2006-2007 team who reached as high as #4.
With a conference tournament victory last Sunday to bump the Patriots from #8 to #6, a #2 tournament seed was awarded to the Patriots, matching them up against Rogers State University out of Oklahoma. Rogers State earned a #7 seed for the tournament as they finished receiving votes in the final poll. The Hillcats, who compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference, completed the season winning 8 of their final 10 games with a 20-11 overall record.
The game is set to tip off on opening day of the tournament Wednesday, March 14 at 9:45 pm at the Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. This is the first time the NAIA has held the tournament, which runs from March 14 to March 20, in Frankfort.
Other Mid-South Conference teams making an appearance in this year’s NAIA tournament include #8 Shawnee State, #19 Georgetown, #22 Campbellsville, and Lindsey Wilson who were receiving votes.
For complete NAIA Tournament brackets visit www.naia.org. Follow the Patriots in their battle for a National title by tuning in locally to WEZJ 104.3 FM or outside of the Cumberlands area on the web at www.cumberlandspatriots.com/live.
For more information on the women’s basketball team and Patriot athletics visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.