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GREENWOOD, IN – The HCAC women’s basketball tournament will get underway Friday night with opening round action from Transylvania. The six-team tournament will decide who receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The event will be held at Transylvania University, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Transylvania (20-5, 16-2 HCAC) heads into the tournament with a 9-1 record in their last 10 contests, winning the HCAC title for the fourth time in school history.
The Pioneers posted an 8-2 record against the five other schools involved in the conference tournament. Franklin (21-4, 15-3 HCAC) earned a 7-3 mark against the field, while Hanover (18-7, 12-6 HCAC) finished 5-5. Defiance (14-11, 11-7 HCAC) and Manchester (10-15, 9-9 HCAC) claimed a 4-6 record, while Rose-Hulman (12-13, 8-10 HCAC) stood 2-8 vs. the tourney teams.
Top seed Transylvania will take on the winner of Defiance and Manchester Saturday afternoon in the HCAC semifinals. Transylvania posted a sweep of Defiance and Manchester this season.
Defiance earned a 5-5 record, while Manchester went 4-6 down the stretch heading into the postseason tournament. The No. 4 seed Yellow Jackets will look to move into the semifinals with a win over No. 5 Manchester Friday night at Transylvania. Manchester swept Defiance during their two regular season meetings. The two teams will tip at 6:00 PM Friday night at Transylvania University’s Beck Center.
The Franklin women will be searching for their second consecutive tournament championship this weekend. The Grizzlies enter the 2013 tournament as the No. 2 seed and will tangle with the winner of Hanover and Rose-Hulman in the second semifinal at Transylvania Saturday. The Grizzlies have won 15 of 16 heading into the postseason and earned a split with Hanover and a sweep of Rose during their meetings this season.
Hanover claimed the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 Rose-Hulman at 8:00 PM Friday night at Transylvania. The Panthers swept the Engineers during their regular season meetings. Hanover has gone 7-3 down the stretch, while Rose has earned a 6-4 mark during that span. The winner of Friday night’s game will advance to the semis to face Franklin at Transy Saturday afternoon.
The HCAC tournament championship game will take place at 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon at Transylvania.
Tickets will be $6.00 per session ($5.00 for students and senior citizens). Children under the age of 11 are free.
2013 HCAC Women's Basketball Tournament Schedule
Friday, Feb. 22 (at Transylvania)
Game 1 - #5 Manchester vs. #4 Defiance
Game 2 - #6 Rose-Hulman vs. #3 Hanover
Saturday, Feb. 23 (at Transylvania)
Game 3 - #1 Transylvania vs. #4/5 winner
Game 4 - #2 Franklin vs. #3/6 winner
Sunday, Feb. 24 (at Transylvania)
Championship - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner