PSAC Women’s Basketball Championship:
#11 Edinboro 77 – Millersville 66
The Edinboro women’s basketball team is going to the Big Dance. The Fighting Scots captured the PSAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday afternoon, defeating Millersville, 77-66, in the PSAC Championship Game. On Sunday night, it became official as the NCAA released its field of 64 teams.
Eight teams were accorded spots in eight regions. Edinboro is the number four seed in the Atlantic Region. The Fighting Scots come in with a 26-3 record after winning their fifth PSAC title. They will face Virginia State (23-5), the fifth seed, in the first round of the Atlantic Regional on Friday, March 9.
Virginia Union is the number one seed and will host the eight-team regional. The 2017 NCAA Division runner-up meets No. 8 Bowie State (20-9) in the first round. The first round is set for Friday, March 9, with the semifinals on Saturday, March 10, and the Atlantic Regional Championship Game set for Monday, March 12. The winner will move on to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 19-23.
The rest of the Atlantic Regional has No. 2 seed Glenville State, 30-1 and winners of 29 games in a row, meeting seventh-seed West Chester (23-5). West Chester is the only team to beat Glenville State this year. Two more PSAC squads round out the field of the Atlantic Region. Indiana(Pa.) is seeded third with a 26-3 record. The Crimson Hawks meet sixth-seed California(Pa.) (23-5).
Edinboro is making its tenth appearance in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Stan Swank, and the first since 2014. That year earned its second trip to the Elite Eight after winning the Atlantic Regional. They would end the year with a 27-6 record, losing to Cal Poly Pomona in the quarterfinals.
The Fighting Scots have now won four PSAC crowns in the last eight years. The 27 wins are the fifth-most wins in school history.