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Rangers Punch Tickets to NCAA Tourney

Published: March 9, 2015

By: Mark Albanese

#8 Men's Hoops Travel to Louisville; Women fall to Lewis in first round

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SOMERS (Mar. 8, 2015) -- The three-time Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division Champion University of Wisconsin-Parkside men's basketball squad will be heading to Louisville, Ky., as the Midwest Region's second seed after the NCAA selection committee unveiled the 64-team field for the NCAA Division II Tournament on Sunday night.

The eight-ranked Rangers will battle GLVC East Division nemesis and seventh-seed Lewis University in the opening round at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall on Saturday. UW-Parkside bested Lewis in both regular season encounters, outlasting the Flyers 69-65 on Jan. 19 in Romeoville, Ill., while staking a claim to its third straight GLVC East crown with a 73-68 win on Feb. 26 inside DeSimone Gymnasium to conclude the regular season. Game time is yet to be determined.

UW-Parkside will be making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament and its eighth overall appearance in a national tournament. The Rangers earned NCAA bid in 2013-2014, 2012-2013, and 2006-2007 while earning spots in the NAIA National Tournament in 1977-1978, 1976-1977, 1975-1976, and 1974-1975. All four of the NCAA Tournament bids have come under the tenure of 2015 GLVC Coach of the Year Luke Reigel who is currently in his 12th season at the helm.

The winner of Saturday's Parkside-Lewis game will take on the winner of the University of Indianapolis-Michigan Tech University contest on Sunday. UIndy (23-5) earned the third seed as an at-large selection while the Huskies (19-8) are the sixth seed, also as an at-large.


Women Drop First-Round Battle to Lewis

Box Score

HOUGHTON, Mich. (Mar. 13, 2015)--A 16-5 run midway through the second half sabotaged the University of Wisconsin-Parkside women's basketball squads potential upset bid of fourth-ranked Lewis University on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament, stumbling 80-66 inside Michigan Tech University's SDC Gymnasium.

Four Rangers finished in double figures as the familiar foes battled through four lead changes and seven ties.

The second-seeded Flyers (29-2) owned a tenuous 50-49 lead with 10:53 afterGaby Bronsonconverted a layup before mounting a 16-5 run over the next six minutes to stake a 12-point lead. Lewis canned four threes during the outburst including back-to-back-to-back treys from Alexus Grayer.

Seventh-seeded UW-Parkside (22-8) refused to surrender, slicing the gap to just seven with 2:03 left, getting threes fromBrittney FairandStephanie Furrbut that was as close as the Green and White would get as the Flyers went on to secure the 14-point victory.

"We fought, we fought, and we fought, and some shots didn't go down. If they did it's a completely different game," said second year Head CoachJacob Yorg. "I could never ask for a better group of girls to battle with."

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