NMU women’s hoops: Wildcats earn No. 4 seed in NCAA tournament, facing Quincy

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Division II basketball tournament and will play No. 5 Quincy (Illinois) in a Midwest Regional game at 9:30 p.m. EDT on Friday at Drury University in Springfield, Mo.

The Wildcats (22-7) earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament by beating Malone on Sunday to win the GLIAC Championship on the campus of Wayne State in Detroit. The Wildcats were the No. 2 seed in the tourney, finishing second in the GLIAC North Division.

The Quincy Hawks received an at-large bid out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference after being upset in the conference semifinals. The Hawks (22-6) finished second in the GLVC West Division and third overall.

The winner of NMU-Quincy will face either No. 8 seeded Truman State (22-8) or No. 1 Drury (24-3) on Sunday. Truman (Missouri) ran the table in the GLVC as the No. 7 seed to win the conference title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Drury, the GLVC’s No. 1 seed and co-regular season champion, was upset in its first game of the league tourney.

On the opposite end of the Midwest Regional, No. 3 Indianapolis of the GLVC (23-8) will play GLIAC regular season champion and No. 6-seed Wayne State (21-7) while No. 2 Lewis (22-5) plays No. 7 Missouri-St Louis (21-7). Both Lewis (Illinois) and Missouri-St. Louis are also members of the GLVC.

Sunday’s regional semifinal winners will play Monday in Springfield for the Midwest Regional Championship and spot in the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight, which will be played in Erie, Pa.