BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions Alabama State Hornets will head to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida State in the NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Hornets finished regular season off as the No. 3 seed in the SWAC and FSU ranked No. in the ACC.

Thirty-two conferences were granted automatic bids for the championship and the remaining

32 teams were selected at-large.

After 12 years, ASU claimed their second championship title in history. They defeated Southern University 73-55 Saturday evening at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The Lady Hornets captured their last crown back in the 2003-04 season.

Leading scorer, Britney Wright was named Most Valuable Player while Daniele Ewert and Jasmine Peeples were named to the All-Tournament team.

Wright is averaging 17.0 ppg. She tallied a total of 47 points during the tournament. Jasmine Peeples, Defensive Player of the Year, is the second leading scorer, averaging 11.4.

Daniele Ewert and Kayla Tucker are key assets to the Lady Hornets offense as well.

Under the leadership of 17th year head coach Freda Freeman Jackson, this will be Alabama State’s second appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

They enter the tournament with an overall record of 17-14 and as the No. 15 seed.

FSU Women’s Basketball program enters the NCAA Tournament with a 29-4 record and ranked No. 2 seed. Head coach Sue Semrau was named ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth time.

Florida State recently reached the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time after defeating No. 10 Louisville 66-51 on Saturday. The Seminoles are led by Adut Bulgak averaging 12.5 ppg.

The Seminoles will host the first and second round games at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State’s series record versus Alabama State is 3-2. FSU has defeated ASU the last three times they played each other. Alabama State captured their last victory against the Seminoles in 1979, with a win of 95-73.

The last time the two teams faced each other was during the 2010-11 season. Alabama State was defeated 89-39.

The game will be held Saturday, March 21.


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