by Drury Athletics
The Drury Lady Panthers are seeded first in the NCAA-II Elite Eight and will play Nova Southeastern on Tuesday, March 26 at 5 pm (Central) in the national quarterfinals at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio.
The NCAA announced the Elite Eight seeds and updated the national bracket on Wednesday morning. The winner of Tuesday’s Drury-Nova Southeastern game will advance to the national semifinals and play the winner of fourth-seeded North Georgia and number five seed Lubbock Christian on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm (Central).
The other Elite Eight match-ups include second-seeded Southwestern Oklahoma State vs. the seventh seed, St. Anselm, and number three Indiana (Pa.) against sixth-seeded Azusa Pacific. All four quarterfinal games are on Tuesday, March 26 in Columbus with both semifinal games on March 27. The national championship game is scheduled for Friday, March 29.
The Lady Panthers draw against eighth-seeded Nova Southeastern is a rematch of their Dec. 16 game when Drury picked up an 86-63 road win over the Sharks in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Lady Panthers led 44-33 at halftime in that game before pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Drury is making their fourth NCAA-II Elite Eight appearance in program history, and their first trip to the national quarterfinals since 2014. They have also made the field of eight in 2007 and 2004 with their ’04 team finishing as the national runner-up.
Each of Drury’s three games will be carried live on local Springfield radio through the MeyerComm network of stations. Each of the quarterfinals games will be broadcast with live video on NCAA.com while the semifinals and championship game will be carried on the CBS Sports Network.