The Lady Knights Basketball Team is the 7th seed in the 2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, which is March 18-24 in Independence, MO. The Lady Knights (21-4) will play the No. 2-seed Vanguard University Lions (22-7) in the first round at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. (Please see the bracket below.)
The Lady Knights earned the GCAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division I Championship by defeating Xavier 55-47 Sunday to win the 2015 GCAC Tournament Championship. This has been an exciting year for the Lady Knights. They set school records for the most conference victories (13), and this was the first season that the team claimed both the regular-season and tournament championships. SUNO last won the GCAC Tournament title in 2012.
In other sports news, SUNO and Xavier both represent the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in the first set of the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup winter standings. SUNO has accumulated 121 points, placing the Unviersity in 58th place. Xavier is 75th with 89 points.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) and USA Today. The points are awarded on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s. The final NAIA winter standings will be released Thursday, March 26.