Greencastle, Ind. - Making its 13th consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance and 17th in the last 21 years, DePauw (22-6) opens tournament play on Friday, March 4, at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (20-7). The Tigers will face the host Pointers at 7:30 p.m. CST. The other first-round matchup features 27-0 George Fox against 21-4 St. Norbert with a 5 p.m. CST tip. A set of DePauw game notes here.
The Tigers earned a spot in the 64-team field by winning the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday. DePauw opened with a 56-46 win over Wittenberg on Tuesday before topping Kenyon, 59-58, in Friday's semifinal on Emily Budde's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Tigers then defeated Allegheny, 83-53, in the championship game.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point earned an at-large bid to the tournament after falling to Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 38-21, in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal.
The teams have three common opponents. DePauw defeated Illinois Wesleyan on November 28 at Washington University by a 70-54 score, while Stevens Point topped the Titans, 68-50, on the road on December 12. The Tigers dropped a 47-41 decision at Washington University on November 29, while the Pointers topped the Bears on November 20 in a game at University of Chicago.
Each team also faced Wisconsin-Eau Claire with the Tigers dropping a 55-50 decision at home on December 29. Stevens Point beat Eau Claire, 59-52, at home on January 6 and lost, 59-57, on the road on February 13.
DePauw is making its 17th NCAA Division III appearance with an all-time record of 31-14 including national titles in 2007 and 2013 and a third-place finish in 2002. The 31 wins rank in a tie for seventh among current Division III members. Only Washington University, with 27 straight appearances, has a longer streak of consecutive appearances than DePauw's 13.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point is 23-9 in NCAA Division III play and is making its 11th appearance. The Pointers won the championship in 1987 and 2002 and placed fourth in 2004.
General admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CST and are available at the door. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for students college age and under. Fans wishing to secure tickets in advance may call 715-346-2909 and mention which school they represent.