Wayne State headed to NCAA D-II women's basketball tournament

DETROIT - The Wayne State University women's basketball team (21-7 overall) received an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament after winning the GLIAC regular-season crown with a 17-5 conference mark. The Warriors also went 3-1 in non-conference play during the regular season along with a 1-1 record in the GLIAC Tournament.

This will be WSU's third NCAA tournament appearance and second in a row. Last season, the Warriors won their first two NCAA tournament contests (63-58 over Findlay and 70-60 over Wisconsin-Parkside) to reach the Sweet Sixteen where they fell, 72-63, in the final minutes to the eventual national champions from Ashland University. Wayne State led most of the second half and had a 61-60 lead before the Eagles scored 12 of the game's final 14 points.

In WSU's first NCAA tournament appearance in 2003, the eighth-seeded Warriors fell at Indianapolis, 91-83, despite 29 points and seven rebounds from Jodi Young and 20 points and nine rebounds from Keneisha Moss.

Sixth-seeded Wayne State opens the 2014 tournament against the third-seeded Indianapolis Greyhounds this Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern in Springfield, Mo. as Drury University will be serving as the hosts. The Warriors were also the No. 6 seed last year.

The other three Midwest Regional quarterfinal match-ups on Friday will have the host Panthers (No. 1 seed) playing GLVC Tournament Champion and eighth-seeded Truman State Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Eastern. Lewis Flyers, the No. 2 seed, will square off against the seventh-seeded Missouri-St. Louis Tritons at 3:30 pm Eastern, while the final pairing has fourth-seeded Northern Michigan Wildcats battling the fifth-seeded Quincy Hawks at 9:30 pm Eastern.

Due to the fact that Drury is also hosting the men's NCAA Midwest Regional, the women's regional semifinal contests have been pushed back to Sunday at 1 pm and 3:30 pm Eastern, followed by the men's semifinals later on Sunday.

Only Wayne State and Northern Michigan from the GLIAC qualified for the NCAA tournament with the GLVC earning the other six spots in the Midwest Regional bracket.