the north face flip flops Lady Hawks heading north for NCAA national tournament
(PRESS RELEASE) The Quincy University women basketball team will be headed north as it was announced on Sunday night that the Lady Hawks have made the 2011 NCAA Division II National Tournament. Quincy will face Kentucky Wesleyan College in the opening round held in Houghton, Michigan at Michigan Tech University.Quincy earned an at large berth into the tournament marking the seventh time in program history they have reached the national tournament. Quincy will be the 2 seed in the Midwest Region bracket and will face a familiar foe in 7 seed Kentucky Wesleyan College.Quincy, ranked 13 in the nation, is currently 25 3 overall and is headed up by head coach JD Gravina. Gravina, the 2011 Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year, led the Lady Hawks to a program tying 24 regular season wins and the GLVC regular season title with a 16 2 conference mark. This marks the third time in his four seasons at the helm that Gravina has guided the Lady Hawks to the national tournament. Quincy set school scoring records this season, averaging 87.2 points per game, and rank among the best three point shooting teams in the nation.The Lady Hawks are led by a trio of All Conference players including GLVC Conference Player of the Year Ali Schwagmeyer. Schwagmeyer leads the team at 17.8 points per game and assists with 112 while ranking third in rebounding at 6.5 rebounds per game. Joining Schwagmeyer on the First Team All Conference is senior forward Courtney Shuman who is averaging 16.6 points and a team high 7.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard Stephanie Wagner leads the Lady Hawks outside attack, averaging 15.7 points per game while leading the country in three point shooting and setting school and conference records for most three pointers in a season.Quincy is paired up against GLVC foe Kentucky Wesleyan in the first round of the tournament. Kentucky Wesleyan is making their first ever trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The Lady Panthers are currently 17 9 overall and finished conference play with an 11 7 record. Quincy topped Kentucky Wesleyan 86 70 in their regular season meeting in Owensboro, Kentucky.The Midwest Region will be hosted by 1 seed Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan. Michigan Tech will face 8 seed Lewis University in their first round game. Other Midwest Region participants include 3 seed the University of Wisconsin Parkside against 6 seed Missouri S and 4 seed Grand Valley State University against 5 seed Drury University. The winner of the Quincy and Kentucky Wesleyan game will face the winner of the Wisconsin Parkside and Missouri S game on Saturday, March 12th.The NCAA Division II National Tournament selects a total of 64 teams to participate in the tournament field with 22 automatic conference tournament bids and 42 at large bids. The bracket is broken up into eight different regional brackets with the championship rounds being played in St. Joseph, Missouri from March 22 25.