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CU women face Coastal GA in NAIA national tournament

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Cumberland will face Coastal Georgia Thursday, March 14, at 5:15 p.m. in the opening round of the 33rd annual NAIA Womens Basketball National Championships at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

The CU women won both the regular season and conference tournament in the Mid-South Conference this season and enter the national tournament 30-2 overall and ranked sixth nationally in the final regular season poll released earlier Wednesday.

Cumberland is making its fifth appearance in the NAIA National Tournament and its first since losing in the national championship game in 2007.

The Bulldogs reached the national tournament for the first time in 1999 and then played in three consecutive tourneys from 2005-07, winning one game in 2005 and reaching the title game in 2007.

CU is 5-4 all-time in the event with all of those contests played at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn.

Live video for the first 30 games of the 33rd annual NAIA Womens Basketball National Championships is available through NeuLion, the NAIA's official video streaming company for select national championship events.

An all-tournament pass (30 games) is available for $29.95, while a single day pass can be purchased for $9.95. For more information and to pre-register, visit http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=646952&SPID=100499&DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=205423235.

Cumberland plays its first game in the national tournament on Thursday at 5:15 Central Time against the College of Coastal Georgia. The 32-team bracket may be found at http://www.naia.org/pdf9/1563189.pdf?SPSID=646952&SPID=100499&DB_OEM_ID=27900.

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