by Philip Dowden
The Evangel women’s basketball team is headed to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament for the first time since 2010-11. The Crusaders will be the 8 seed and play 1 seed Oklahoma City University in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, March 18 at 4 p.m.
It marks the 11th appearance for Evangel and fourth trip to the National Tournament as an NAIA Division I member. The tournament tips off Wednesday, March 18 and 19 with first-round action and will conclude with the national championship played Tuesday, March 24 in Billings, Montana.
First Interstate Arena in Billings, Montana is the host of the 32-team tournament four a fourth consecutive year.
Evangel enters the tournament 20-11 overall under second-year head coach Megan Leuzinger. The Crusaders have won eight of their last nine after falling to top seed and eventual Heart Conference Champion, Central Methodist in the Heart Semifinals.