INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The No. 23 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team earned the No. 3-seed in the NCAA Divison II West Region and will face No. 6-seeded Seattle Pacific on Friday, March 9, beginning at 12 p.m.
The game will be hosted by West Region No. 1-seed Azusa Pacific and is
It marks the 11th all-time appearance NCAA Division II postseason appearance for UC San Diego, as it qualified for the third-consecutive season. The Tritons also advanced in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
UC San Diego’s deepest tournament run to the Final Four came in 2007.
The Tritons are 10-10 all-time in NCAA Division II Tournament postseason play. UC San Diego lost to Simon Frazer in the first round last season, 69-65, but advanced to the West Region Final in 2016 before falling to Alaska Anchorage.
Seattle Pacific finished the season 24-6 overall and won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament Championship with a victory over Montana State Billings, 71-61. SPU last made the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
Friday’s winner will take on the winner between No. 2-seed Hawaii Pacific and No. 7-seed Montana State Billings.
UC San Diego (27-4) is the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season champion and is coming off a last-second loss to Humboldt State in the CCAA Tournament Championship game on Saturday.
The Tritons have won 23 of their last 25 games and are currently ranked 23rd in the latest WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Sophomore forward Mikayla Williams joined Sampton on the All-CCAA First Team, while junior Kayla Sato was named to the All-CCAA Second Team and both senior guard Taylor Tanita and junior guard Joleen Yang earned CCAA Honorable Mention.
2018 NCAA Division II West Region Women’s Basketball Championship
Felix Event Center - Azusa, Calif.
Hosted by Azusa Pacific University
All times listed as PST
Friday, March 9 - Quarterfinals
12:00 p.m.: #6 Seattle Pacific (24-6) vs # 3 UC San Diego (27-4)
2:30 p.m.: #7 Montana State Billings (22-11) vs #2 Hawaii Pacific (26-3)
5:00 p.m.: #5 Northwest Nazarene (22-4) vs #4 Alaska Anchorage (25-4)
7:30 p.m.: #8 Humboldt State (18-12) vs #1 Azusa Pacific (27-4)
Saturday, March 10 - Semifinals
5:00 p.m.: UCSD/SPU winner vs HPU/MSBU winner
7:30 p.m.: UAA/NNU winner vs APU/HSU winner
Monday, March 12 - Championship
7:00 p. m.: Semifinal winners (winner advances to NCAA DII Elite Eight, March 19-23 in Sioux Falls, S.D.)