The Oglethorpe women's basketball team is set to compete in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship for the second consecutive year and the sixth time ever this weekend, and they'll get started with their first-round game against the No. 23 Chicago Maroons Friday afternoon from the Clive M. Beck Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
The Maroons enter the tournament as the 23rd-ranked team in the latest D3hoops.com top 25. They finished the season 19-6 and tied for second in a stout University Athletic Association (UAA), which got three teams into the tournament field. They'll take on an Oglethorpe team that finished the season 22-6 and came in second in the SAA. The Petrels come off a 56-41 loss to Rhodes in the SAA Tournament championship Sunday in Jackson, Mississippi, while Chicago lost 67-52 to Washington (Missouri) in the final game of their regular season on Saturday. (The UAA does not play a conference tournament.)