Three HBCUs earn women’s NCAA D2 Tourney bids

March Madness is about to officially begin in Division II. The NCAA announced the pairings for the women’s tournament matchups on Sunday night and a total of  three HBCUs are in.

CIAA Champion Johnson C. Smith University earned the seventh seed in the Atlantic Region and will face Indiana (PA). JCSU finished the season 22-7, upsetting Virginia Union in the semis then beating Virginia State 68-59 in the CIAA championship game to take the league’s automatic bid.

SIAC Champion Benedict earned the three seed in the South region. The two-time champs will face Valdosta State in the first round.

In addition to the auto bids, Virginia Union earned an at-large bid. The CIAA squad picked up the third seed in the Atlantic Region and will play Wheeling Jesuit University. VUU went 23-4 and was nationally ranked for much of the year.

If both JCSU and VUU win their first round matchups, they will meet in the second round.

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