The UT Tyler women's basketball team will open the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament against Maryville (Tenn.) College on Friday in Memphis, Tenn., the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Committee announced Monday from Indianapolis.
Rhodes College (24-3) will serve as host for the first two rounds and will take on Spalding (Ky.) College (16-10) in the opening round.
UT Tyler is 25-3 and Maryville is 22-6. UT Tyler received an automatic bid in the field of 64 after winning the American Southwest Conference championship. Maryville received an at-large bid.
Game times have not been announced.
The Lady Scots are coming off a 64-50 loss to Ferrum (Va.) in the USA South Conference championship final.
Maryville features USA South Player of the Year Mackenzie Puckett, who is averaging 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Host Rhodes College is a familiar opponent for the Patriots, as the Lynx defeated UT Tyler 80-70 earlier this season in Tyler. Rhodes won the Southern Athletic Conference championship.
Spalding College is coming off a 60-58 win over Webster (Mo.) in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference, earning an automatic bid into the tournament for the first time in school history.
UT Tyler also is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in head coach Kevn Baker's second season as head coach.
Wins on Friday and Saturday would advance the Patriots to the Sweet 16.
The Patriots won the ASC Tournament with a 68-56 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor on Sunday. UT Tyler junior Brittany King was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while senior She'Cara Humphrey and freshman Madison Wilson earned all-tournament.
Cannon earns honor
UT Tyler senior Jordan Cannon was named to the men's ASC all-tournament team.
In two games in Richardson, the Las Vegas native averaged 21.5 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
The 6-1 guard was a transfer from Feather River College in Quincy, Calif.
UT Dallas (25-3) won the league championship with a 78-69 win over Hardin-Simmons on Sunday.
Also, UT Dallas, champion of the ASC, will host a first- and second-round NCAA playoff Friday and Saturday.
UTD will meet Chapman University from Orange, Calif. (18-9) in the opening round on Friday while Trinity University of Texas (19-9) and Whitworth University from Spokane, Wash. (22-5) will play in the other opening night game. The winners meet on Saturday with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line.
Thompson sets mark
Buck Thompson, a senior on the UT Tyler track & field team, continued his terrific spring season, finishing third at the 2014 Boston University Indoor Last Chance Meet on Sunday.
Thompson, from Winona, set a personal record in the men's shot put with his third throw of the meet, 16.86 meters.
Thompson beat the UT Tyler record by .06 meters, finishing third at the prestigious indoor meet. The first-place throw was 18.85 meters by unattached thrower Nate Hunter, while second place went to NCAA Division I thrower Dillon Simon from Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Thompson moves to eighth in the nation among Division III throwers, almost guaranteeing him a spot in the NCAA championships.