The re-seeds for the 2018 NCAA Division II women's basketball Elite Eight have been announced, and No. 1-ranked Ashland University will continue its quest for back-to-back national championships on Monday (March 19) vs. Montana State Billings in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Eagles (34-0) are the No. 1 seed at the Elite Eight, and will face No. 8 seed Yellowjackets (25-11) at 7 p.m. East/6 p.m. Central on Monday in a national quarterfinal. The other three Elite Eight matchups for Monday No. 2 seed Carson-Newman vs. No. 7 seed Union, Tenn. at 3:30 p.m. East/2:30 p.m. Central, No. 3 seed Lubbock Christian vs. No. 6 seed Central Missouri at 1 p.m. East/noon Central , and No. 4 seed Stonehill vs. No. 5 seed Indiana, Pa. at 9:30 p.m. East/8:30 p.m. Central.
The Elite Eight, Final Four and national championship game all will be March 19, 21 and 23, respectively, at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Ashland won the NCAA Division II national championship in 2013 and 2017, and was the national runner-up in 2012. The Eagles have made eight D-II postseason appearances, all since 2004, and have an all-time postseason record of 24-5. That .828 winning percentage is the best in D-II history among programs with at least 25 games played.
The Eagles, in the midst of the fifth-best NCAA basketball winning streak all-time at 71 games, are the only team returning to the Elite Eight from the 2017 field.
Ashland leads Division II in scoring offense (100.3 ppg.), field-goal percentage (51.5), assists per game (24.4), 3-point field-goal percentage (40.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.61-to-1), scoring margin per game (plus-35.8), steals per game (16.6), turnover margin per game (plus-13.03) and turnovers forced per game (28.21).
ALL-TIME NCAA DIVISION II POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGES FOR 2018 ELITE EIGHT TEAMS
- ASHLAND – 24-5 (.828), two national titles in eight appearances
- Carson-Newman – 6-7 (.462), in eight appearances
- Central Missouri – 24-20 (545), one national title in 21 appearances
- Indiana, Pa. – 11-11 (.500) in 12 appearances
- Lubbock Christian – 9-0 (1.000), one national title in two appearances
- Montana State Billings – 10-13 (.435) in 14 appearances
- Stonehill – 25-24 (.510) in 24 appearances
- Union, Tenn. – 5-2 (.714) in three appearances