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March 3, 2013

NSU teams gets byes to Kansas City

The Northeastern State women’s basketball team has earned the No. 3 seed in the 2013 MIAA Women’s Basketball Championship.

The RiverHawks (19-7, 14-4 MIAA) have earned a bye into the quarterfinals, and they will await the winner of No. 6 Fort Hays State vs. No. 11 Lincoln. The Tigers will play host to the Blue Tigers at 7 p.m. March 5 in the first round of the MIAA Championship.

The winner of that matchup will meet NSU at 8:15 p.m. Friday inside Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium (7,316).

Northeastern State has won 11 of its last 13 games, which includes a 64-58 victory over Central Oklahoma in the regular-season finale on Wednesday. The RiverHawks defeated FHSU 54-44 on Jan. 3 in Tahlequah, and they lost 54-49 on Dec. 8 at Lincoln.

The Northeastern State men’s basketball team finished in a tie for third in the final regular-season standings and has earned the No. 4 seed in the 2013 MIAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

The RiverHawks (19-7, 12-6 MIAA) have earned a bye into the quarterfinals, and they will await the winner of No. 5 Northwest Missouri State and No. 12 Missouri Western State. The Bearcats will play host to the Griffons at 7 p.m. March 4 in the first round of the MIAA Championship.

The winner of that matchup will meet NSU at 2:15 p.m. March 7 inside Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium (7,316).

The RiverHawks were selected in the preseason by the MIAA coaches and media to finish 14th in the regular season, and they jumped all the way from out of the tournament into a first-round bye. The nine-place improvement was by far the best of anyone else in the conference (Lindenwood was projected eighth and also tied for third).

Northeastern State lost to NWMSU 73-72 on Jan. 31 in Maryville, Mo. NSU defeated MWSU 73-61 on Feb. 2 in St. Joseph, Mo.

The NSU women also earned a bye in the MIAA Championship. The RiverHawks are one of three schools (Central Missouri, Washburn) that had both teams receive byes. Washburn (men) and Fort Hays State (women) were the other recipients of a top-four seed.

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