The California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II tournament and will host a subregional beginning Friday night at Hamer Hall.
California (23-7), the runner-up in the PSAC tournament, is the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Regional and will play No. 7 seed Virginia State (22-6) of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The second game of the Friday doubleheader matches West Liberty State (22-8) against Millersville (23-5).
The winners will meet in the regional semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m.
The other half of the Atlantic Regional will be played at top-seeded and PSAC champion Gannon. The regional championship game will be played Monday on the home court of the highest remaining seed.
Cal has made the NCAA tournament nine consecutive seasons, a record for PSAC schools. The Vulcans have advanced to the Elite Eight two years in a row.
The Atlantic Regional champion advances to the Elite Eight in St. Joseph, Mo., which was the site of California’s 2004 national championship.
UPDATE: Tip-off for the California-Virginia State has been moved to 6 p.m. It will be the first game of the doubleheader.
The regional schedule:NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional
Friday, March 12at Hamer Hall
No. 2 California (23-7) vs. No. 7 Virginia State (22-6), 6 p.m.
No. 3 West Liberty (22-8) vs. No. 6 Millersville (23-5), 8 p.m.Saturday, March 13
California-Virginia State winner vs. West Liberty-Millersville winner, 7 p.m.Gannon Subregional
at Gannon’s Hammermill Center
Friday, March 12
No. 1 Gannon (33-0) vs. No. 8 Fairmont State (21-9), 6 p.m.
No. 4 Fayetteville State (20-9) vs. No. 5 Seton Hill (22-7), 8:30 p.m.Saturday, March 13
Gannon-Fairmont State winner vs. Fayetteville State-Seton Hill winner, 7 p.m.Championship Game
Monday, March 15
At highest remaining seed