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Women's basketball team earns third straight NCAA tournament bid

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Teammates celebrate with UNG's Julianne Sutton (42) after she scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 4. The Nighthawks open NCAA Division II Southeast Regional play at 2:30 p.m. March 13 against Clayton State University.

The University of North Georgia (UNG) women's basketball team is starting to feel at home in March Madness. For a third straight year, UNG will head to the .

As the No. 2 seed, the Nighthawks will face No. 7 seed Clayton State University in the first round at 2:30 p.m. March 13 in the Southeast Regional hosted by Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. The Nighthawks won two out of three games this season against the Lakers, a fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) member. UNG's most recent matchup with Clayton State was an 87-65 victory March 7 that earned the team a spot in the PBC title game.

The winner between UNG and Clayton State will advance to a second-round game at 5 p.m. March 14. The regional championship is set for 7 p.m. March 16.

UNG (26-5) is ranked No. 18 nationally after wins against Augusta University and Clayton State in the PBC tournament, followed by a 76-62 championship game loss to Lander. The Nighthawks have won at least one game in their previous three NCAA tournament trips, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2019 and a Sweet 16 run in 2018.

"This team has so much tournament experience," said head coach , in her 26th season leading the program. "That's what I'm most excited about. We know what it takes."

一本之道高清视频在线观看道UNG junior forward earned PBC Player of the Year and first-team all-conference honors. Sutton averages 18.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, with a team-high 27 blocks and 74 assists, good for third on the team.

Junior guard was a second-team all-conference selection, while junior guard received the Elite 15 Award, given to the student-athlete competing in each PBC championship who has the highest overall cumulative GPA. Sutton and Groover also earned all-PBC tournament honors. Sutton, Franklin and Groover are UNG's captains.

一本之道高清视频在线观看道UNG has no seniors this season. But this year's junior class has been part of 85 victories, including five wins in the NCAA tournament, in what is easily the best three-year run in UNG's 15 seasons in NCAA Division II.

一本之道高清视频在线观看道"Coach is one of the best in the business," Sutton said. "She knows her stuff."

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Franklin and her teammates are excited to go on another postseason ride with Burson.

一本之道高清视频在线观看道"We know how hard she works for us," Franklin said. "She puts her heart and soul into us, and we try to do the same for her and give her all we have."

Admission to the Southeast Regional at Lander University will be limited to family members, according to regarding all upcoming championship events. For fans unable to get into the Southeast Regional, the games will still be broadcast live via an audio only broadcast through the Nighthawk Sports Network and the flagship radio station for UNG basketball, Glory 97.9 FM and AM 1330. Full coverage of the event will also be available through UNGAthletics.com and all social media platforms.

The UNG men's basketball team finished 14-15 overall and 9-11 in PBC regular-season play, an improvement of three wins on both counts from 2019, and reached the PBC tournament this season under the direction of first-year head coach .

Senior guard was named third-team all-conference and PBC Defensive Player of the Year, while redshirt freshman was PBC Freshman of the Year.

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