Pioneers sixth in first NCAA Southeast Region rankings

Pioneers sixth in first NCAA Southeast Region rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Tusculum University women's basketball team is ranked sixth in the Southeast Region in the initial NCAA Division II regional rankings of the season, released Wednesday.

The Pioneers entered the week 17-6 against Division II opponents and 17-6 against region opponents, including a 65-62 win over eighth-ranked Clayton State on Nov. 15. Tusculum began the week with a 1-4 record against teams included in this week's Southeast Region rankings.

Anderson (23-2) is the top-ranked team in the Southeast Region, followed by Wingate (18-6) and Carson-Newman (19-6) to give the South Atlantic Conference the top three teams in the rankings. North Georgia (20-4) is fourth, followed by Lander (18-6), Tusculum, Barton (21-4) and Clayton State (16-7) in the top eight. Flagler (16-7) and Emmanuel (15-6) round out the top 10.

A total of eight teams will be selected for the Southeast Region championship, which will be hosted by the top seed starting with quarterfinals on Friday, March 15. The regional semifinals will be played Saturday, March 16 with the regional championship game on Monday, March 18.

The postseason tournament champions of the SAC, Conference Carolinas and the Peach Belt Conference will receive automatic berths in the Southeast Region championship, with the remaining five teams selected on an at-large basis using the established criteria.

The NCAA regional rankings are the official poll utilized by the NCAA in the championship selection process and will continue to be released each week by the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Committee up to the NCAA Championship selections on Sunday, March 10.

NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Southeast Region Rankings
through games of Feb. 17
Rk School       Overall D2  In-Region
1. Anderson       23-2        23-2
2. Wingate        18-6        18-6
3. Carson-Newman  19-6        19-6
4. North Georgia  20-4        20-4
5. Lander         18-6        18-6
6. TUSCULUM       17-6        17-6
7. Barton         21-4        21-4
8. Clayton State  16-7        16-7
9. Flagler        16-7        16-7
10 Emmanuel       15-6        15-6