Phoenix Staff Reports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northeastern State men’s basketball team finished in a tie for third in the final regular-season standings and has earned the No. 4 seed in the 2013 MIAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
The RiverHawks (19-7, 12-6) have earned a bye into the quarterfinals, and they will await the winner of No. 5 Northwest Missouri State and No. 12 Missouri Western State. The Bearcats will play host to the Griffons at 7 p.m. March 4 in the first round of the MIAA Championship.
The winner of that matchup will meet NSU at 2:15 p.m. Thursday inside Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium (7,316).
The RiverHawks were selected in the preseason by the MIAA coaches and media to finish 14th. The nine-place improvement was by far the best of anyone else in the conference (Lindenwood was projected eighth and also tied for third).
On the women’s side, Northeastern State earned the No. 3 seed in the 2013 MIAA Women’s Basketball Championship.
The RiverHawks (19-7, 14-4) have earned a bye into the quarterfinals, and they will await the winner of No. 6 Fort Hays State vs. No. 11 Lincoln. The Tigers will play host to the Blue Tigers at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the MIAA Championship.
The winner of that matchup will meet NSU at 8:15 p.m. Friday inside Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium (7,316).
Northeastern State has won 11 of its last 13 games, which includes a 64-58 victory over Central Oklahoma in the regular-season finale Feb. 27. The RiverHawks defeated FHSU 54-44 on Jan. 3 in Tahlequah, and they lost 54-49 on Dec. 8 at Lincoln
Cowgirls host play-in game
WARNER –The NJCAA Region II Basketball Tournament has been announced and the Connors State Cowgirls (16-13) will play Arkansas Baptist College (14-15) on Monday in a first-round game at Melvin Self Field House at 7 p.m.
The Cowboys (22-7) will play a quarterfinal game at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee against the winner of Monday’s matchup between Seminole (10-18) and Carl Albert (1-17). A win there would put them in the semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m. with the title game set for 6 p.m. Saturday.
A Cowgirls win over Arkansas Baptist will send them to the quarterfinals against Northeastern A&M at 3 p.m. Thursday at Shawnee. A semifinal matchup would be played at 6 p.m. Friday with the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday.