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College women's basketball: UMD draws familiar foe in NCAA opener

Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State-Moorhead will reprise their NSIC final when they square off again in an NCAA Division II women’s basketball first-round tournament game Friday.

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (23-6) and fifth-seeded Dragons (26-6) will meet in a Central Region quarterfinal at a time to be determined at Fort Hays, Kan. It will mark the fourth time the rivals will face each other this season.

UMD beat Moorhead 52-48 in the NSIC championship game March 5 in Moorhead. The teams split in the regular season, with the Bulldogs claiming a 69-53 home win and the Dragons winning 72-56 on their home court.

Other region matchups pit top-seeded Fort Hays State (30-1) against Pittsburg State (21-8); No. 2 seed Southwestern Oklahoma State (30-1) against Emporia State (22-8); and defending national champion and No. 3 seed Central Missouri (24-6) against Lindenwood (21-7). The Jennies of Central Missouri ended Ashland’s 73-game winning streak in the NCAA Division II final a year ago.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NCAA Division II Central Region

At Fort Hays, Kan.

Friday's Quarterfinals

Times TBA 

  • No. 5 Minnesota State-Moorhead (26-6) vs. No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (23-6)
  • No. 8 Pittsburg State (21-8) at No. 1 Fort Hays State (30-1)
  • No. 7 Emporia State (22-8) vs. No. 2 Southwestern Oklahoma State (30-1)
  • No. 6 Lindenwood (21-7) vs. No. 3 Central Missouri (24-6)
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