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KWU Women to Face Ottawa in KCAC Tourney

KSAL Sports - February 24, 2014 4:59 pm

(KCAC Bracket | KCAC Tournament Release) — The Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team is the No. 5 seed in the upcoming KCAC Postseason Tournament which starts Wednesday at the home site of the higher seeded teams.  The Coyotes will head to Ottawa to take on the No. 4 seeded Ottawa Braves at 7 p.m. at Wilson Field House.

KWU and Ottawa split the regular season meetings between the teams, the home team winning each game. Ottawa was victorious in the first meeting on December 7, 74-59, while the Coyotes picked up a 74-62 win on January 29 in Salina.

The Braves and Coyotes have previously met in the KCAC Quarterfinals, in 2010, when Wesleyan hosted Ottawa picking up a 66-58 win to advance to the KCAC Semifinals, where they faced Southwestern. That scenario could very well play itself out again if Wesleyan wins on Wednesday and Southwestern would win against McPherson.

Conference Champion Southwestern is the No. 1 seed in the KCAC Tournament after finishing the season 18-0 in conference play. The ‘Builders are the first team since Tabor in 2005-06 to go undefeated in conference play in women’s basketball. Southwestern will host eighth seeded McPherson on Wednesday night at Stewart Field House in Winfield.

Second seeded Friends will host seventh seeded Bethel on Wednesday in Wichita, and third seeded Tabor will host sixth seeded Sterling in Hillsboro.

Quarterfinal winners will advance to Saturday’s tournament semifinals held at the home site of the higher seeded teams. Both games will be played at 2 p.m.

The tournament semifinal winners will then advance to the KCAC Tournament Championship which is part of Championship Monday for the KCAC. For the third straight year, Championship Monday will be held at Hartman Arena in Park City. The women’s championship game will be played at 6 p.m., with the men’s to follow at around 8 p.m.

The winner of the KCAC Tournament will be the conference’s automatic berth to the 23rd Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, which begins March 12. The KCAC receives a second bid to the National Championships which is the highest remaining seed in the conference tournament, regardless of finish in the tournament.