INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee announced today the field of 64 teams that will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship.
CIAA Champion Virginia Union and SIAC Titelist Lane College will be joined by Bowie State University in the field
Twenty-four conferences were awarded automatic qualification. The remaining 40 teams were selected at large by the committee.
Seven eight-team regionals will be played at on-campus sites March 15, 16 and 18. The South Central region will have two four-team sites as a result of a split regional with men’s basketball. Games will be played March 15, 16 and 19, with the championship game played at the site of highest remaining seed. The 2019 NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight will be held at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio, March 26, 27 and 29. Ohio Dominican University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts.
Virginia Union, seeded #2 in the Atlantic Region will open its quest against #7 Edinboro. Bowie State will square off against No. 3 Indiana (Pa.) in the opening round. The Atlantic Region tournament will be hosted by top seed Glenville (W.Va.) State with the first round set to get underway Friday, March 15.
Lane College will meet top seeded Florida Southern in the opening round of the South Region tournament at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House in Lakeland.
All four first round games will be played on Friday, March 15, with the semifinals the following evening on March 16. The Atlantic Region Championship will be played on Monday, March 18, with the winner advancing to the Elite 8 in Columbus, Ohio.
Conferences that received automatic qualification are as follows:
|California Collegiate Athletic Association||UC San Diego|
|Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference||Thomas Jefferson University|
|Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Virginia Union|
|Conference Carolinas||Emmanuel (Georgia)|
|East Coast Conference||New York Institute of Technology|
|Great American Conference||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Ashland|
|Great Lakes Valley Conference||Drury|
|Great Midwest Athletic Conference||Walsh|
|Great Northwest Athletic Conference||Northwest Nazarene|
|Gulf South Conference||Lubbock Christian|
|Lone Star Conference||West Texas A&M|
|Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association||Fort Hays|
|Mountain East Conference||Glenville State|
|Northeast-10 Conference||Le Moyne|
|Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference||Minnesota Duluth|
|Pacific West Conference||Hawaii Pacific|
|Peach Belt Conference||North Georgia|
|Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference||Indiana (Pennsylvania)|
|Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Colorado Mesa|
|South Atlantic Conference||Anderson (South Carolina)|
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Lane|
|Sunshine State Conference||Florida Southern|