Lakeland women’s basketball learns NCAA Tourney assignment
Athletics - posted on 2/27/2006
The Lakeland College women's basketball team will open NCAA Division III Tournament play on Friday against Maryville, Mo., at Wheaton, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago.
The Lakeland-Maryville game is set for 6 p.m. in Wheaton on Friday. Wheaton will host Rockford in the second game, set for 8 p.m. The winners will play Saturday in the second round at 7:30 p.m.
"I think it's helpful that we're not going down and playing at Maryville," said Lakeland head coach April Arvan about playing at a neutral site. "Hopefully, we'll get a lot of fans and a lot of our student body - and of course our alumni and parents - to make it more of a home court atmosphere."
Ticket prices for each day will be $6 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and students/children. Children under two-years-old are admitted for free.
Maryville, ranked 23rd in the latest d3hoops.com national top 25 poll, is 23-4 overall, and won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a perfect 14-0 record. The Saints will bring an 18-game win streak into the NCAA Tournament, and earned their NCAA Tourney berth by winning the SLIAC Conference Tournament for the first time in school history with a 74-64 overtime victory over Fontbonne.
The Saints have been the dominant team in the SLIAC in recent history, as this winter marked their third straight undefeated regular season SLIAC title. Maryville currently has a 42-game conference winning streak.
The Saints are led by senior Carrie Snyder, who finished the season averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The versatile 6-footer has shown her range as a shooter this season, sinking 21-of-50 3-point attempts.
Maryville is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance, the first coming in 2003-04 when the Saints lost a first round game to Millikin.
"They rotate quite a few players," said Arvan. "It all comes down to 40 minutes, and whether you play five players or 15, it still comes down to those 40 minutes."
Lakeland (21-7) is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 2003-04 season. The Muskies, who earned a berth by winning the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament championship, are 1-4 in NCAA Tournament play.
"Hopefully we can do some damage in the tournament," Arvan said.
Lakeland women's basketball NCAA Tournament History
1999 - lost to Wheaton, Ill., 58-50 at Lakeland
2001 - lost to UW-Eau Claire, 71-43, at Eau Claire
2002 - def. Millikin, 61-54, at Lakeland; lost to Webster, 48-33, at St. Louis
2004 - Lost to Carleton, 58-42, at Northfield, Minn.
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