KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament bracket was released Wednesday night by the national office, and the ninth-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team (27-5) earned a No. 3 seed. The Scots are scheduled to open the tournament on Thursday, March 16 against sixth-seeded University of Pikeville (Ky.) in Billings, Mont. at 9 a.m.
This marks the sixth straight national tournament appearance for Lyon.
The Scots enter the tournament after finishing second during the regular season in the American Midwest Conference, and making their third conference tournament appearance. Lyon fell to Freed-Hardeman in the title game, but still clinched an automatic bid with the AMC Tournament championship appearance.
Lyon was placed in the Duer Bracket along with Lewis-Clark State University (Idaho), William Penn University (Iowa), Wayland Baptist University (Texas), Bethel University (Tenn.), Westmont College (Calif.) and Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
A total of five AMC teams including Lyon earned a national tournament berth. Freed-Hardeman earned the top overall seed as they are an undefeated 33-0. Columbia, William Woods and Lindenwood-Belleville were the other three conference teams.
If the Scots defeat the Bears in the first round, they would play the winner of No. 2 seed Westmont and No. 7 seed LSU-Shreveport on March 17 at 4:30 p.m.
The tournament will commence on March 15 and run until March 21, with the national championship taking place on March 21 at 7:05 p.m.
The NAIA Network – the association's official video streaming home – will broadcast the first 30 games leading up to the championship final on ESPN3. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament package is available at $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
For more information on the 2017 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship, click here.