Three HBCU teams are headed to the NCAA Division II women’s basketball championship tournament this year.
These teams are SIAC champion Tuskegee Golden Tigers, CIAA champion Elizabeth City State Vikings, and the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets.
West Virginia State will face Shippensburg in the first round, Elizabeth City State will open up its tournament run against the reigning national champion Glenville State, and Tuskegee will face off against Tampa in the first round.
After a successful season in which the Yellow Jackets finished with a 22-5 overall record and a 17-5 record against the Mountain East Conference, this will be their first national tournament appearance since 2004.
As for The Vikings, they finished the regular season with a 16-10 and are in the running to claim their first CIAA championship in school history.
Tuskegee had the best season finishing with a 23-3 record in the regular season and a perfect 21-0 record against the SIAC. They claimed their second SIAC tournament title in three years, winning by an average margin of 25.3 points.
The championship game will be contested on April 1 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.