Tigers earn first-round bye; host second-round game on Saturday
February 26, 2002 - DePauw, ranked eighth in the latest USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll and 10th by D3hoops.com, earned a first-round bye in the 2002 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship and open play at the Lilly Center in the second round on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m.
Tickets, $4 for adults and $3 for students, senior citizens and children over the age of five, go on sale at noon, Wednesday, in the athletic department office on the second floor of the Lilly Center.
The Tigers (22-3) host the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between Savannah Art & Design (19-6) and Maryville, Tenn. (19-7) at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
DePauw is making its first appearance in the Championship and fourth appearance in the last seven year. The Tigers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in both 1998 and 1999.
Earning automatic qualification into the tournament by winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 17-1 record, the Tigers extended their conference championship streak to six straight years including the last four in the SCAC.
Two of DePauw's three losses came at the hands of Washington (Mo.) and Wilmington, ranked first and second, respectively, in the latest Division III poll.
The Tigers opened the season with a 1-2 record before reeling off a school-record 20 straight wins which also equaled the SCAC mark.
Senior Sarah MacKay leads the Tigers with 11.7 points and 3.2 assists per game, while freshman Amy Argetsinger averages 10.3 per contest. Junior Dana Ferguson comes off the bench to lead the Old Gold with 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Tigers led the SCAC in scoring defense by allowing just 58.5 points per game and just 56.0 against conference opponents.
The winner of Saturday's game advances to the sectionals to be held at site determined on Sunday.