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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ENDS RUN AT NCAA TOURNAMENT

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Posted on March 7, 2011

UPDATE, MARCH 12

The women's basketball team lost to Shaw (N.C.) University 70-63 in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.

The game was played at Edinboro University's McComb Fieldhouse.

Danielle Luckett led the Vulcans with 15 points, and Kayla Smith pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.

Under the direction of head coach Mark Swasey, the Vulcans finish the season with a 23-8 overall record.

Cal U was making its 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournamnet.

UPDATE, MARCH  11

Cal U's fifth-seeded women's basketball team defeated fourth seed Charleston 75-59 at  Edinboro University's McComb Fieldhouse.

Kayla Smith, the 2011 PSAC-West Player of the Year, led Cal with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Danielle Luckett contributed 18 points.

The Vulcan victory avenged a five-point regular-season loss to Charleston and marked the third time that Cal has bested the Golden Eagles in four NCAA tournament meetings.

Under the direction of head coach Mark Swasey, the Vulcans advance to the regional semifinals, where they will face CIAA champion Shaw (N.C.) University at 7:30 p.m. March 12. The eighth-seeded Bears stunned top-seeded Edinboro, 72-51.

The Atlantic Regional championship game is scheduled for March 14 at Edinboro. The winner of that contest will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight National Championship Tournament, March 22-25 in St. Joseph, Mo.

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The women’s basketball team will compete in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 10th consecutive year.

Under the direction of second-year head coach Mark Swasey, the Vulcans (22-7) are seeded fifth in the Atlantic Regional contest. They will play fourth seed Charleston (24-7) at 8:30 p.m. March 11 at Edinboro University’s McComb Fieldhouse.

Both teams finished second in their conference tournaments last weekend.

Cal U’s women will look to avenge a five-point regular season loss to Charleston.

This will be the fourth NCAA tournament game between the two teams.

A win March 11 would put the Vulcans one step closer to their dream of winning a fifth NCAA Regional championship within a decade. Cal U won the NCAA Division II national title in 2004.

After the Atlantic Regional’s opening-round games March 11-12, the regional championship game is scheduled for March 14. The champion will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight National Championship Tournament, to be held March 22-25 in St. Joseph, Mo.,

For coverage of all Cal U’s varsity sports teams, visit www.calvulcans.com.