The Hendrix College women’s basketball team has a Friday NCAA date in Texas.
The Warriors (18-10), who won the Southern Athletic Association tournament title last weekend to gain the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament, will take on Trinity University at 5 p.m. Friday in the first round of a regional on the campus of UT-Dallas at Richardson.
Trinity is actually the tournament host but the tourney site was moved to Dallas so the NCAA, which has minimum limits for airline travel, didn’t have to pay for flights for both Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Hendrix to the tourney.
Hendrix will take on a former Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival in Trinity (26-1), which is the champion of that conference and has won 12 in a row. Trinity defeated Hendrix, 69-56, in Conway on Dec. 3. Trinity is ranked either seventh or eighth in D3 polls.
The other matchup at Richardson Friday has UT-Dallas (25-3) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps of the Southern California Intercollegiate Conference. Friday winners will play Saturday.
The early rounds of the 64-team tournament are held at campus sites.
Hendrix is making its fourth appearance in program history in the women’s tourney and the first since 2000. The Warriors also made the tourney field in 1996 and 1997.
Daily tickets for the regional will be $10 for adults and $5 students. Children 3 and under will be admitted free.