HCAC Women's Basketball Tournament Preview

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament will get underway Friday, Feb. 22, with opening-round action. The six-team tournament will decide who receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The event will be held at Transylvania University (Ky.), Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24.

Transylvania (20-5, 16-2 HCAC) heads into the tournament with a 9-1 record in their last 10 contests, winning the Heartland Conference title for the fourth time in school history.  

The Pioneers posted an 8-2 record against the five other schools involved in the conference tournament. Franklin College (21-4, 15-3 HCAC) earned a 7-3 mark against the field, while Hanover College (18-7, 12-6 HCAC) finished 5-5.  Defiance College (Ohio) (14-11, 11-7 HCAC) and Manchester University (10-15, 9-9 HCAC) claimed a 4-6 record, while the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (12-13, 8-10 HCAC) stood 2-8 against the tourney teams.

Top-seeded Transylvania will take on the winner of Defiance and Manchester Feb. 23 in the HCAC semifinals. Transylvania posted a sweep of Defiance and Manchester this season.

Defiance earned a 5-5 record, while Manchester went 4-6 down the stretch heading into the postseason tournament. The No. 4-seeded Yellow Jackets will look to move into the semifinals with a win against No. 5 Manchester Feb. 22 at Transylvania. Manchester swept Defiance during their two regular season meetings. The two teams will tip at 6 p.m., Feb. 22, at Transylvania’s Beck Center.

Franklin will be searching for their second consecutive tournament championship this weekend. The Grizzlies enter the 2013 tournament as the No. 2 seed and will tangle with the winner of Hanover and Rose-Hulman in the second semifinal at Transylvania, Feb. 23.  The Grizzlies have won 15 of 16 heading into the postseason and earned a split with Hanover and a sweep of Rose during their meetings this season.  

Hanover claimed the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 Rose-Hulman at 8 p.m., Feb. 22 at Transylvania. The Panthers swept the Engineers during their regular season meetings. Hanover has gone 7-3 down the stretch, while Rose-Hulman has earned a 6-4 mark during that span.

The winner will advance to the semis to face Franklin at Transylvania, Feb. 23.

The HCAC tournament championship game will take place at 2 p.m., Feb. 24, at Transylvania.

Tickets will be $6.00 per session ($5.00 for students and senior citizens).  Children under the age of 11 are free.

Preview courtesy of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference