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HCAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW

February 18, 2013
Earlham College Broadcast Sports



GREENWOOD, IN - The HCAC women's basketball tournament will get underway
Friday night with opening round action from Franklin.  The six-team
tournament will decide who receives the conference's automatic bid to the
NCAA Division III tournament.  The event will be held at Transylvania
University, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.



Transylvania (20-5, 16-2 HCAC) heads into the tournament with a 9-1 record
in their last 10 contests, winning the HCAC title for the fourth time in
school history. 



The Pioneers posted an 8-2 record against the five other schools involved in
the conference tournament.  Franklin (21-4, 15-3 HCAC) earned a 7-3 mark
against the field, while Hanover (18-7, 12-6 HCAC) finished 5-5.  Defiance
(14-11, 11-7 HCAC) and Manchester (10-15, 9-9 HCAC) claimed a 4-6 record,
while Rose-Hulman (12-13, 8-10 HCAC) stood 2-8 vs. the tourney teams.



Top seed Transylvania will take on the winner of Defiance and Manchester
Saturday afternoon in the HCAC semifinals.  Transylvania posted a sweep of
Defiance and Manchester this season.



Defiance earned a 5-5 record, while Manchester went 4-6 down the stretch
heading into the postseason tournament.  The No. 4 seed Yellow Jackets will
look to move into the semifinals with a win over No. 5 Manchester Friday
night at Transylvania.  Manchester swept Defiance during their two regular
season meetings.  The two teams will tip at 6:00 PM Friday night at
Transylvania University's Beck Center.



The Franklin women will be searching for their second consecutive tournament
championship this weekend.  The Grizzlies enter the 2013 tournament as the
No. 2 seed and will tangle with the winner of Hanover and Rose-Hulman in the
second semifinal at Transylvania Saturday.  The Grizzlies have won 15 of 16
heading into the postseason and earned a split with Hanover and a sweep of
Rose during their meetings this season. 



Hanover claimed the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 Rose-Hulman at 8:00 PM
Friday night at Transylvania.  The Panthers swept the Engineers during their
regular season meetings.  Hanover has gone 7-3 down the stretch, while Rose
has earned a 6-4 mark during that span.  The winner of Friday night's game
will advance to the semis to face Franklin at Transy Saturday afternoon.



The HCAC tournament championship game will take place at 2:00 PM Sunday
afternoon at Transylvania.



Tickets will be $6.00 per session ($5.00 for students and senior citizens).
Children under the age of 11 are free.





Women's Basketball Tournament Schedule Feb. 22-Feb. 24




Feb. 22

#5 Manchester vs. #4 Defiance (at Transy)

6:00 PM




#6 Rose-Hulman vs. #3 Hanover (at Transy)

8:00 PM









Feb. 23

DC/MU winner at #1 Transylvania

3:00 PM




RH/HC winner vs. #2 Franklin (at Transy)

5:00 PM









Feb. 24

HCAC Women's Basketball Conference Championship (at TU)

2:00 PM


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