MORROW The NCAA announced Clayton State University will host the Southeast Regional games in its Division II Women's Basketball Tournament Sunday night.
The Clayton State women's basketball team is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation. The team defeated North Georgia 81-54 in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament's championship game Sunday. Jonesboro native and Lady Lakers star guard Drameka Griggs was named the tournament MVP.
The Lady Lakers will be the No. 1 seed in its eight-team region. The other teams in the Southeast region are Limestone (No. 2 seed), Anderson (No. 3 seed), Lenoir-Rhyne (No. 4 seed), USC-Aiken (No. 5 seed), Pfeiffer (No. 6 seed), Barton (No. 7 seed) and Mount Olive (No. 8 seed).
The games will be played Friday, Saturday and March 18, according to Clayton State's athletic website.
Clayton State will play Mount Olive in the opening round. Game times have not yet been announced.
The announcement that Clayton State will be a host site was not a surprise.
Saturday night, university President Tim Hynes said he expected to hear his school's name announced as one of the regional host sites for the tournament.
Hynes was confident the team's 2013 profile would be good enough to get a No. 1 seed in the national tournament and hosting duties through the "Sweet 16" round of games.
"Hopefully, it'll end up being three home games for us," said Hynes as he expressed hope the team was on its way towards its second national championship.
Clayton State was the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Champions in 2011.
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Sports Reporter Brian Paglia contributed to this report