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NCAA Women's Basketball Regional Preview

NCAA Women's Basketball Regional Preview

NCAA Division III Championship (Rounds 1-2)
Host: Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.)

NCAA Women's Basketball Regional Website


Friday, March 1:

  • 4:00 PM (ET): UChicago vs. Oglethorpe
  • 6:00 PM (ET): Transylvania vs. Piedmont

Saturday, March 2: 

  • 5:00 PM (ET): Friday winners

 

#23 University of Chicago Maroons

  • Season record: 19-6 overall / 10-4 UAA (University Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: Eight times (1995, 2008, 2010-12, 2017-19)
  • NCAA postseason record: 9-7
  • Best NCAA result: Quarterfinals (2011)
  • How They Qualified: At-large bid (2nd in UAA)
  • Top Players: Taylor Lake (F, Jr.) – 14.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.7 SPG / Olariche Obi (F, Sr.) – 10.7 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 0.9 BPG / Mia Farrell (G, Jr.) – 12.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.9 SPG
  • National stat rankings: 69.8 Points (70th) / 41% Field Goal Percentage (86th) / 11.3 Steals Per Game (44th) / 4.2 Blocks Per Game (74th)
  • Notes: Obi has recorded six double-doubles and led the UAA in offensive rebounds… Each of the Maroon starters averages at least 1.6 steals per game, occupying five of the top seven spots in the UAA rankings…  UChicago's three most-utilized reserves are all first-year players… Last year, UChicago rolled to a 70-46 win against Wisconsin Lutheran in the NCAA First Round before losing 68-62 against the hosts, sixth-ranked St. Thomas… This is the Maroons' third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance

 

Oglethorpe University Stormy Petrels

  • Season record: 22-6 overall / 11-3 SAA (Southern Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 6 times (2006-09, 2018-19)
  • NCAA postseason record: 7-5
  • Best NCAA result: Final Four (2008)
  • How They Qualified: At-large bid (SAA Tournament Runner-Up)
  • Top Players: Savannah LeGate (C, So.) – 11.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.2 BPG / Lauren Ransom (F, Sr.) — 11.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.6 BPG / Bailey Charles (G, Sr.) — 7.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.4 APG
  • National stat rankings: 50.8 Points Allowed (17th) / 32.6% Field Goal Percentage Allowed (15th) / 5.6 Blocks Per Game (13th) / +4.14 Turnover Margin (52nd)
  • Notes: The Petrels, who boast one of the strongest defenses in NCAA Division III, have held six opponents to fewer than 40 points while only allowing one to break 80… Their opponents shoot just 25.5% from deep… Oglethorpe fell 56-41 to Rhodes in the SAA Championship…  Last season the Petrels won the SAA Championship in overtime but lost to Thomas More in the NCAA First Round.

 

#18 Transylvania University Pioneers

  • Season record: 25-2 overall / 17-1 HCAC (Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: Five times (2007, 2009, 2014-15, 2019)
  • NCAA postseason record: 2-4
  • Best NCAA result: NCAA Second Round (2009, 2014)
  • How They Qualified: Automatic bid (HCAC Tournament Champions)
  • Top Players: Celia Kline (G, Sr.) — 14.7 PPG, 47.6% 3PT, 3.37 3PT Made Per Game / Shelby Boyle (G, Jr.) — 14.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 40.7 3PT% / Ashton Woodard (G, Jr.) — 12.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 47.6 FG%
  • National stat rankings: 77.4 Points Per Game (12th) / 1.34 Assist-Turnover Ratio (3rd) / 11.3 3PT FGs Made Per Game (2nd) / 45.2% Field Goal Percentage (11th)
  • Notes: The Pioneers come into the tournament riding a 20-game winning streak … Kline ranks third in the nation with 47.6 percent three-point shooting and fourth nationally with 3.37 three-pointers made per game … Her backcourt partner Boyle converts from beyond the arc at a 40.7% clip, placing her 26th in the country … Transylvania has scored at least 70 points in three-quarters of its game and has reached triple digits twice … The Pioneers earned their NCAA berth with a last-second layup against Rose-Hulman in the HCAC championship game.

 

Piedmont College Lions

  • Season record: 23-5 overall / 14-2 USA South
  • NCAA appearances: Six times (2007-08, 2011, 2017-19)
  • NCAA postseason record: 0-5
  • Best NCAA result: First Round (six times)
  • How They Qualified: Automatic bid (USA South Tournament Champions)
  • Top Players: Amari Price (G/F, Jr.) — 15.6 PPG, 6.0 APG, 5.4 RPG / Hope Franklin (F, Fr.) — 8.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 53.8 FG% / Jatasia Bailey (G, Jr.) — 11.1 PPG, 3.3 APG, 1.7 RPG
  • National stat rankings: 32.1% Field Goal Percentage Allowed (11th) / 44.3 Rebounds Per Game (38th) / +13.8 Scoring Margin (51st) / 4.9 Blocks Per Game (34th)
  • Notes: Price ranks ninth in NCAA Division III with six assists per game and recorded a triple-double on Nov. 30. She also shoots 40.4 percent from three ... The six-footer Franklin has racked up five double-doubles in her rookie campaign … The Lions advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning their third consecutive USA South Championship.