Lenoir-Rhyne And Newberry Women's Basketball Game Picked For National Television
October 6, 2010
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|Lenoir-Rhyne University and Newberry College will play a women's basketball game on national television on Saturday, February 5, at Noon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.|
Rock Hill, S.C. – The Newberry College at Lenoir-Rhyne University women’s basketball game on Saturday, February 5 has been selected as one of 10 Division II games to be shown on CBS College Sports, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the high level of women’s basketball in the South Atlantic Conference,” said Commissioner Patrick Britz. “We would like to thank the NCAA and CBS College Sports for selecting this game and providing such great exposure for these student-athletes, institutions and Conference.”
The nationally-televised game will have a noon start from Lenoir-Rhyne’s Shuford Gymnasium. It will be shown on CBS College Sports. The NCAA is also working with regional and local networks to televise the game. The game will also be videostreamed at www.NCAA.com.
“We are pleased for our women's basketball student-athletes to be a part of and to host this national exposure,” said Neill McGeachy, Lenoir-Rhyne's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “We like partnering with our long-time conference colleagues at Newberry College.”
Lenoir-Rhyne has won the past two South Atlantic Conference regular season championships, while both L-R and Newberry advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament in 2010. Lenoir-Rhyne returns two letterwinners, including All-Conference guard Cameron Sealey from last year’s 21-8 team.
“We are very pleased to have the chance for our women’s basketball team to compete on the national stage,” said Newberry College vice president for institutional advancement and intercollegiate athletics Brad Edwards. “This is a terrific opportunity for Newberry College to highlight our student-athletes and our institution to a broad audience and we look forward to a great game with our rivals at Lenoir-Rhyne.”
Newberry, which advanced to the championship game of the 2010 Food Lion SAC Women’s Basketball Tournament, returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team which went 21-9, including second-leading scorer and All-Conference performer Helen McKinney.
“It’s a great indication of where our women’s basketball program sits at a national and regional level,” said Newberry head coach Sean Page. “We’re very honored and excited to be chosen by the NCAA and the South Atlantic Conference to play in this nationally televised game. It’s a great opportunity for us to not only showcase Newberry College women’s basketball and Newberry College athletics, but the whole of Newberry College. We have a great rivalry with Lenoir-Rhyne, so it should be a great game and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
“This game will be a great opportunity to showcase the student-athletes from both institutions,” said Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Todd Starkey. “Lenoir-Rhyne is honored to be a part of this event and to represent the South Atlantic Conference.”
CBS College Sports is widely available on cable systems across the country, including Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner, and Verizon FIOS. It currently reaches 32 million households and is also available on DIRECTV and DISH Network.
In the Hickory area, the game can be seen on Channel 303 on Charter Communications, Channel 31 on Lenoir-Rhyne's network and Channel 152 (DISH Network) and Channel 613 (DIRECTV).
This is the first time a SAC conference basketball game has been selected as part of the NCAA’s DII television package. Three football games have been part of the package over the past five years.
“This schedule completes our five-year agreement in which we have featured more than 100 different schools and broadcast national television games from more than 50 Division II communities,” said Division II Vice President Mike Racy.
The Game of the Week format will highlight one game each week, except for doubleheaders Jan. 22 and 29.
CBS College Sports also will carry the semifinal games of the Division II Men’s Basketball Championship, which will be played March 24 in Springfield, Mass. CBS will carry the championship game March 26.
Games are selected by the Division II media advisory group, which includes presidents, athletics directors and conference commissioners.
The television schedule (all times ET):
Saturday, Jan. 8 - Tampa at Lynn - Women - Noon
Saturday, Jan. 15 - Clayton St. at USC Aiken - Women - Noon
Saturday, Jan. 22 - Nyack at Dominican - Men - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22 - Saint Edward’s at Newman - Women - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29 - Mount Olive at Limestone - Women - Noon
Saturday, Jan. 29 - BYU-Hawaii at Grand Canyon - Men - 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 5 - Newberry at Lenoir-Rhyne - Women - Noon
Saturday, Feb. 12 - Claflin at Benedict - Men - Noon
Sunday, Feb. 20 - Rockhurst at Drury - Men - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26 - Bridgeport at C.W. Post - Men - Noon
Thursday, March 24 - NCAA Division II National Semifinals - Men - 6 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.