JACKSON, Tenn. – March 14, 2011 – Union University’s Lady Bulldogs will begin their national title defense when the 2011 NAIA Division I Basketball Championship tournament begins March 16.
The Lady Bulldogs, the tournament’s top seed, will play Avila (Mo.) University in the first round at 8 p.m. March 16. Tickets for the game at Oman Arena in Jackson will be available at Union Station March 15 at a discounted price for Union students, faculty and staff.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, earned an 11-seed in the men’s tournament in Kansas City, Mo., and will play Carroll (Mont.) at 10:30 p.m. March 16.
Union’s women enter the tournament with a 31-1 record and riding an eight-game winning streak. Making their 22nd appearance in the national tournament and 20th consecutive appearance (both NAIA records), the Lady Bulldogs are the NAIA leader in national tournament wins with 59.
The Lady Bulldogs have won the national title four times in the last six years.
The Bulldogs enter their tournament with a 26-6 record. Union is making its 14th national tournament appearance and third straight. The Bulldogs’ best finish was a quarterfinal appearance in 1999 and 2007.
Due to inclement weather, all Union campuses will be closed on Thursday, March 5, with all day classes canceled.
A decision on evening classes at Jackson and Germantown will be made by noon on Thursday. Hendersonville evening classes are canceled.
The wellness center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the aquatic center will be open from 1-3 p.m.
Friday's Preview Day has been canceled.