Hatters Set to Battle UCLA in First Round Match-Up of NCAA

Thursday, March 21, 2013

MACON, Ga. - The Stetson Hatters won the Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Championship to earn the automatic qualifier in the NCAA tournament. As the 14-seed the Hatters will face No. 3 UCLA in their first round match-up.

Stetson (14-4; 24-8) currently hold a five-game winning streak which is the 17th longest streak in the country. The Hatters are one of three A-Sun squads to finish with 20 or more wins; the most since the 2009-10 A-Sun season.

The Hatters and the Bruins will play in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 23rd at 1:30 PM and can be seen on ESPN2.

A-Sun Women's Basketball Notes (#ASunWBB):

  • With their 70-64 victory vs. FGCU in the A-Sun Championship finale, the Hatters earned their fourth A-Sun Title and their second in three years.
  • This marks the first time in the Atlantic Sun Conference history that four teams have landed in a postseason tournament with Northern Kentucky, Mercer, FGCU and Stetson all making a tournament appearance.
  • Stetson has averaged 69.3 points per game compared to the Bruins 67.4 points per game this season. The Hatters hold a 10.3 scoring margin over their opponents and are No. 20 in the nation in field-goal percentage at 44 percent from the field.
  • This is the Hatters second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years. In its last appearance in 2011, Stetson fell to top-seeded Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. UCLA is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and are 10-11 in the tournament. This is the first time Stetson will play the Bruins in its program history.
  • The 14-seed is the highest seed the Hatters have received in the NCAA Tournament after being a 16-seed in their 2005 and 2011 appearances.
  • Stetson has won nine of its last 11 games with five of those wins coming on the road.
  • The Hatters are led by a trio of upperclassmen in Victoria McGowan, Shanasa Sanders and Sasha Sims. McGowan, A-Sun All-Tournament Team and First Team All-Atlantic Sun, ranks No. 1 in the A-Sun in three-point field goals per game (2.2) and No. 3 in points per game (16.0) and assists (4.2).
  • Sanders contributed to the Hatters’ success with a Second Team All-Atlantic Sun nod averaging 14.0 PPG, while teammate Sims collected Second Team All-Atlantic Sun Honors and an A-Sun All-Tournament Team selection after averaging 12 PPG during the season and 17.3 PPG in the Hatters A-Sun Championship run.
  • Victoria McGowan collected her fourth career triple-double this season with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Lipscomb
  • The Hatters made their third straight appearance in the A-Sun Championship Final this year, making Stetson the first team to do so since the 2008-10 championships.
  • This year, the Hatters set school records for most wins in a season (24), most conference wins in a single season (14), longest winning streak (11) and longest home court win streak (16).
  • Stetson also tied school records for most home wins in a single season (14) and most road wins in a season (8)
  • Stetson has faced seven teams that are making postseason tournament appearance this season; South Florida (NCAA), Florida State (NCAA), Ball State (WNIT), Charlotte (WNIT), FGCU (WNIT), Mercer (WBI) and Northern Kentucky (WBI). The Hatters collected wins vs. Ball State, FGCU, Mercer and Northern Kentucky.
  • The Hatters rank 19th in the country in turnovers per game (13.5) and 20th in field goal percentage (44.0).

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