NJCAA Women's TournamentOpening-Round Matchups
Monday, March 18
Hutchinson CC Sports Information
A long week of anticipation ended on Monday with a loud cheer and a sigh of relief for the Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team.
The Blue Dragons learned on Monday that they were one of the eight at-large teams selected for the 2019 NJCAA Women's Division I National Basketball Tournament, which starts on Monday, March 18 at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas.
The 30-3 Blue Dragons were selected as the No. 13 overall seed. Hutchinson will play No. 20-seed Western Nebraska at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 18. The winner draws No. 4 overall seed Angelina (30-3). That second-round game will be played on Wednesday, March 20 at 1 p.m.
The Blue Dragons earn a berth in the NJCAA Tournament for the third-straight season – second-straight as an at-large team – and ninth overall. Hutchinson has a 16-10 overall NJCAA Tournament record with national runner-up finishes in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Hutch has reached the national semifinals five times (1977, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
The national tournament matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the Blue Dragons and Region IX perennial power Western Nebraska.
The Cougars are 29-3 and riding a 17-game winning streak. WNCC, which is located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, defeated Sheridan, Eastern Wyoming and Casper to claim the Region IX championship.
Hutchinson is one of three Region VI teams to earn berths in the 24-team field in Lubbock. Seward County and Region VI Tournament champion Butler join the Blue Dragons. Butler (27-4) earned the No. 6-overall seed, while Seward County, ranked No. 2 in the final regular-season national rankings, is the No. 7 seed. Both Seward and Butler received opening-round byes.
Seward County will play the South Plains/Harford winner at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Butler draws the NOC-Enid/Northwest Florida State winner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The eight at-large teams are Hutchinson, New Mexico Junior College, South Plains, Seward County, SouthWestern Florida State, Northwest Florida State, Trinity Valley and Tyler.