2011 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Bracket Announced
Thirty-two teams will take to the court March 16 - 22 in Jackson, Tenn.
March 9, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - ( Official Bracket | PDF ) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 32-team bracket for the 2011 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. The 31st annual event will be played out March 16 – 22 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn.
The first round of action will get underway on March 16 with Saint Xavier (Ill.) taking on Shawnee State (Ohio) at 8:30 a.m. CST. Eight first-round games will also be played on March 17, with the second round taking place on March 18. Quarterfinal games will take place on March 19 and semifinals are set for March 21. The National Championship final will be contested on March 22 and televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Television with tip-off at 7 p.m. CST.
Thirty-one games will be played out in Jackson. The first 30 games will be video-streamed by NeuLion, the parent company of JumpTV. Three different subscription plans for basketball (Men's and Women's Division I; Men's and Women's Division II) will be available for tournament coverage. Users can purchase the All-Tournament pass, which includes every event offered on College Sports Direct from all four basketball tournaments for $39.95. Each of the four basketball tournaments can be purchased separately for $24.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. In order to view the streaming, click here .
Union (Tenn.) is the two-time defending national champion and will put its 31-1 record on the line against first-time qualifier Avila (Mo.). The Eagles are 20-12 after winning the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament championship. The two will square off at 8 p.m. on March 16.
After a runner-up finish at the 2010 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship, Shawnee State (24-9) transitioned to Division I and took second in the Mid-South Conference Tournament to earn a spot in Jackson.
The 32-team field is comprised of 18 automatic qualifiers from NAIA affiliated conferences and association of independents, plus 14 at-large selections, which are determined using the final Top 25 rating released on Wednesday. - Contact: Amanda Dahl, NAIA Manager of Sports Information & Media Services, firstname.lastname@example.org