COLUMBIA — The Columbia College women’s basketball team knew its postseason plans included a trip to the NAIA National Championship prior to Wednesday night. By finishing second in American Midwest Conference regular season play to Freed-Hardeman, the team had already wrapped up an automatic bid to next week's tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
During a special announcement held in Kansas City and streamed online, Columbia (26-7) found out the particulars of those plans.
Third-seeded Columbia will open tournament play against 6-seed Montana State University–Northern at 5:45 p.m. Monday.
Montana State University–Northern (21-9) finished the season ranked No. 21 in the NAIA. They enter the tournament fresh off a loss to Lewis-Clark State College in the Frontier Conference Tournament semifinals.
Columbia, winners of 14 of its last 16 games, will need a win over Montana State University–Northern to advance in the single-elimination 32-team tournament.
Should the Cougars avoid an upset Monday, they will advance to the round of 16 to play the winner of the Oklahoma City vs. Langston game. The second round game will be on March 18.