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Briar Cliff, Northwestern, Dordt and Morningside earn NAIA tournament berths | SiouxlandProud | Sioux City, IA

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (KCAU) – The Battle for the Red Banner has begun as Selection Shows unveiled for the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Tournaments, with the Briar Cliff women holding a watch party at P’s Pizza House to await its seeding and destination in the 64-team field.

It took some waiting, but cheers soon erupted from the Chargers in the Liston Quadrant as #7 Briar Cliff earned an at-large berth paired with #10 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) for its first round matchup in the Wichita, Kansas site.

This marks the third straight national tournament ticket punched for the Chargers, and the program is keeping its sights on a return to the Final Site in Sioux City.

“No doubt we knew we were gonna get there and that was our main goal from the beginning of the season was to get back here and then back to Tyson and hopefully win the whole thing,” Briar Cliff senior guard Payton Slaughter said.

“Feels great you know we wanted to stay somewhere close to home,” Briar Cliff head coach Brian Ortmeier said. “I think we got a great draw with the teams that we have in that pod down there and I know the girls are excited. This is actually a rematch for them from two years ago, they ended up getting knocked out in the first round, same location down in Wichita so we’re gonna have to go down there and see if we can avenge that loss.”

*The first Two Rounds for both brackets tips off on March 15-16.*

NAIA WOMEN’S FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS (MARCH 15)

#9 Northwestern vs. #8 Rio Grande (Marion, IN site) – 1:30pm

#7 Briar Cliff vs. #10 Mid-America Christian (Wichita, KS site) – 2pm

#16 Oakland City at #1 Dordt (Sioux Center, IA site) – 7pm

NAIA MEN’S FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS (MARCH 15)

#12 Dordt vs. #5 Madonna (Livonia, MI site) – 5pm

#12 Saint Mary of-the-Woods at #5 Northwestern (Orange City, IA site) – 5:30pm

#14 Lourdes at #3 Morningside (Sioux City, IA site) – 6pm



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