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Dillard, XULA and Talladega women’s teams headed to NAIA Tourney from GCAC

HBCUs will be well-represented in the NAIA DI women’s tourney as three schools from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference are in.

Dillard, XULA and Talladega women’s teams headed to NAIA Tourney from GCAC

COURTESY: Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

ANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s fitting that the 2019 theme for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference was #MakeThemNotice.

When it comes to women’s hoops, it looks like the powers-that-be on the national level noticed.

This year, three of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference’s 8 women’s basketball programs will compete at the 39th Annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by Visit Billings. The tournament will be held March 13-19 in Billings, Mont.

The field of three is one of the largest representations at the national level for the GCAC in more than a decade.

“This is a great moment for the GCAC,” Commissioner Steve B. Martin said. “It really speaks to the hard work of our coaches, our member institutions, and our student-athletes, as well as the overall growth and strength of the conference. I’d like to especially thank our conference rater, [Edward Waters’] Charmaine Wilson, for her hard work, impartiality, patience and professionalism in representing the conference’s best interests on the national level.”

Xavier University of Louisiana (23-7) and Talladega (Ala.) College (27-5) learned on Wednesday during the NAIA’s official bracket reveal that they both received at-large bids for the national tournament.

Xavier, which went 13-1 in the regular season and achieved a No. 23 ranking in the latest NAIA Coaches Top-25 Poll, will take on Mid-America Nazarene (24-5) in the opening round of the tournament. The two teams will meet on Wednesday, March 13 at 5:45 p.m. MDT.

The Gold Nuggets were upset in the first round of the GCAC tournament by the Southern University at New Orleans Lady Knights, 58-56.

The No. 13 Talladega Lady Tornadoes were 12-2 on the year in conference play before ultimately losing to the tournament champion Lady Bleu Devils. The Lady Tornadoes will take on the Menlo (Calif.) Lady Oaks (20-9) on Thursday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m. MDT.

The Dillard Lady Bleu Devils were automatic qualifiers as the GCAC’s tournament winners. The Lady Bleu Devils defeated the Edward Waters (Fla.) Tigers in the tournament final, 64-62.

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