No. 5 Women's Basketball to host Lakeland (Wis.) in First Round of NCAA III Tournament

No. 5 Women's Basketball to host Lakeland (Wis.) in First Round of NCAA III Tournament

By Caleb Scott

NCAA.com | NCAA III Tournament Site |

ADA — No. 5-ranked Ohio Northern will host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.

ONU will take on Lakeland (Wis.) on Friday, Mar. 3, in a First Round game in the nightcap of a double header at the ONU Sports Center.

No. 17-ranked Trine (Ind.) and Illinois Wesleyan will play in the first game at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Ohio Northern and Lakeland will tip-off 30 minutes after the conclusion of the TU-IWU game.

The two First Round winners will play at the ONU Sports Center on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in a Second Round game.

The Polar Bears (27-0 overall) are making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past five seasons and won the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title with a perfect 18-0 record.

Northern completed the first undefeated regular season in school history and earned an automatic bid the the NCAA III Tournament after claiming the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title on Saturday afternoon.

Lakeland (20-7) received an automatic bid to the tournament after defeating Concordia (Wis.) 64-60 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament championship game.

The Muskies will make their first appearance in the NCAA III Tournament in the last seven years, and are making their seventh appearance in the tournament in school history.

A total of 64 teams were selected for the Women's NCAA Division III Tournament.

Check back to ONUSports.com for more details as they become available.