Women’s basketball heads to Minnesota for NCAA playoffs

Junior guard Jaryn Fajardo, senior guard Jaime Hum-Nishikado and senior center Sydney Olivier react to their seeding during the NCAA Winter Championship selection show on Feb. 26. Photo by Diano Pachote

The women’s basketball team will fly to the Midwest later this week, as the team’s conference title win gave it an automatic qualifier to the NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Championship.

The bracket was revealed Feb. 26, matching Chapman (23-4, 15-1 in-conference) against the University of St. Thomas, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the host team for its group.

St. Thomas (25-2, 18-0 in-conference) has the third-longest conference winning streak in the country at 54 games – dating back three seasons – and the ninth-longest overall winning streak in the country.

Head coach Carol Jue said after the Feb. 24 game that clinched Chapman’s conference championship that it was likely Chapman would be sent on the road and she looked forward to the experience.

“When you go to another school, you go to another state and there are only certain practice times and you have to fly to go somewhere, it’s kind of neat to get that experience,” Jue said.

The game will be on March 2 at 6 p.m.

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