Women’s basketball to face Iowa in opening round of 2019 NCAA Tournament


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The Bears are going dancing again! After winning the SoCon Tournament, the Bears are headed to the Division 1 NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

The wait is over. After a little over a week of anticipation, the Mercer women’s basketball team found out who their first round matchup will be in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

The Bears were given a No. 15 seed in the Greensboro region, earning them a matchup against the No. 2 seed Iowa Hawkeyes. Like the Bears, the Hawkeyes earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament this season after winning the Big 10 conference tournament title.

Iowa is the nation’s No. 9 overall ranked team, finishing the season with a 26-6 record. The Hawkeyes are led by 6’3 junior forward Megan Gustafson, this year’s espnW Player of the Year, which is awarded to the nation’s top women’s basketball player.

This is Mercer’s second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament after falling to No. 4 seeded Georgia in the first round last season. The Bears will hope for a different result given a similar opportunity to pull off the upset this season.

The game is set for tip-off at 2 p.m. (ET) on Friday March 22 in Iowa City, IA. The game will be nationally broadcasted live on ESPN2.