Kansas City, Mo. - Head coach Bob Hallberg and the No. 14 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team have received one of four No. 4 seeds in next week's 2008 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships in Jackson, Tenn., when the seedings and pairings for the event were released by the national office Wednesday afternoon. The 32-team, single-elimination tournament is divided into four, eight-team brackets with teams seeded one through eight based off the final NAIA Ratings Poll. The Cougars will face No. 5 seed Lubbock Christian University (Texas) in first round action on Wednesday, March 19, opening the event with the 8:30 a.m. central time game at Oman Arena in Jackson.
"Let's hope that the saying The early bird catches the worm is true' since we have the very first game of this year's tournament," said Hallberg. "Both teams are going to have an early wake-up call next Wednesday, but when you pack in that many first round games over two days somebody has to play early. Our team is excited about the tournament and the challenge that it brings every year."
Lubbock Christian comes into the national tournament with a 23-9 overall record. The Lady Chaparrals received an at-large bid for this year's NAIA National Championships by being ranked No. 17 in the final NAIA Ratings Poll. Lubbock Christian lost in the semifinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament last Saturday to No. 5 ranked Oklahoma City University (Okla.), 71-49.
Saint Xavier has had an impressive season thus far posting a 23-8 overall record and winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title with a record of 8-2. This marks the sixth straight season that SXU has advanced to the NAIA National Championships, which begins on Wednesday, March 19, and the sixth national appearance for the program since it began under Hallberg in 2000.Click here to see the NAIA National Championships bracketClick here to go to Lubbock Christian's Athletics website