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Brenden Welper | NCAA.com | March 3, 2021

DII women's basketball: Takeaways from the final regional rankings for 2021

Fort Hays State Athletics Fort Hays State women's basketball Fort Hays State sits atop the Central region in the final regional rankings of the 2020-21 season.

March is finally here. We're just days away from learning which teams will compete in the 2021 DII women's basketball tournament. But there's unfinished business that needs to be settled between now and then.

Here are NCAA.com's takeaways for the final regional rankings, broken down region-by-region.

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ATLANTIC

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Charleston (WV) 14-2 14-2
2 Cedarville 18-4 18-4
3 Glenville State 10-2 10-2
4 Kentucky Wesleyan 16-4 16-4
5 Walsh 16-5 16-5
6 Gannon 11-1 9-1
7 Notre Dame (OH) 13-3 13-3
8 Ohio Dominican 15-6 15-6

Three of the teams in this region are still alive in the Mountain East tournament: Charleston (WV), Glenville State and Notre Dame (OH). All three will play on Thursday, March 4, in the quarterfinals. If the Pioneers and Falcons win their respective games, they'll meet in the semifinals. The Golden Eagles are on the opposite side of the bracket

CENTRAL

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Fort Hays State 20-2 20-2
2 Central Missouri 20-3 20-3
3 Minnesota Duluth 13-1 13-1
4 Nebraska-Kearney 19-3 19-3
5 St. Cloud State 12-5 12-5
6 Augustana (SD) 12-5 12-5
7 Emporia State 17-5 17-5
8 Central Oklahoma 14-8 14-8

Minnesota Duluth was the first team to win its conference tournament this season. With that victory, the Bulldogs have already clinched a berth in the 2021 DII women's tournament. Meanwhile, Emporia State and Central Oklahoma will square off Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the MIAA tournament. The winner will keep its postseason hopes alive, while the loser will likely be sent home for the summer.

EAST

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Daemen 11-1 11-1
2 Georgian Court 7-0 7-0
3 Dominican (NY) 9-1 9-1
4 American International 5-1 5-1
5 Bloomfield 6-4 6-4
6 Roberts Wesleyan 7-6 7-6
7 Concordia (NY) 5-4 5-4

Georgian Court is the only undefeated team remaining in this region. The Lions also have the No. 1 seed, and a first-round bye, in the CACC tournament. Dominican (NY) and Concordia (NY) both won their first-round CACC games, and the latter will face Georgian Court in the semifinals on Thursday.

MIDWEST

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Michigan Tech 17-1 17-1
2 Drury 17-1 17-1
3 Truman 14-3 14-3
4 Grand Valley State 14-4 14-4
5 Northwood 11-7 11-7
6 Southern Indiana 11-5 11-5
7 Lewis 13-8 13-8
8 Missouri-St. Louis 11-7 11-7

Both Michigan Tech and Drury are the top seeds in their respective conference tournaments. Drury will face Indianapolis on Wednesday and the Huskies will battle Davenport on Thursday. Should these teams run the table and finish as conference champions, they'll have identical records of 20-1.

SOUTH CENTRAL

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Lubbock Christian 15-0 15-0
2 Southwestern Oklahoma State 16-2 16-2
3 Arkansas Tech 12-1 12-1
4 Texas A&M-Commerce 11-2 11-2
5 Cameron 10-6 10-6
6 Midwestern State 11-6 11-6
7 West Texas A&M 14-5 14-5
8 Southeastern Oklahoma State 11-7 11-7

Four teams in this region are in the semifinals of the Lone Star tournament: Lubbock Christian, Texas A&M-Commerce, Cameron and West Texas A&M. The still-undefeated Chaparrals will meet the Aggies, and the Lions will take on the Buffaloes. Both games are set for Friday, March 5. 

SOUTH

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Lander 16-0 16-0
2 North Georgia 15-1 15-1
3 Valdosta State 16-2 16-2
4 Union (TN) 15-5 15-5
5 Montevallo 13-5 13-5
6 Lee (TN) 13-6 13-6
7 Clayton State 10-4 10-4
8 Alabama Huntsville 8-7 8-7

Just like these rankings, Lander and North Georgia are also the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the PBC tournament, respectively. If both teams win their semifinal game, they'll meet in the conference championship game on Saturday, March 6. 

SOUTHEAST

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Belmont Abbey 18-2 18-2
2 Barton 10-1 10-1
3 Carson-Newman 15-2 15-2
4 Tuskegee 12-1 12-1
5 Tusculum 15-3 15-3
6 Catawba 9-2 9-2
7 Emmanuel (GA) 13-3 13-3
8 UVa-Wise 15-4 15-4

Belmont Abbey likely has a stranglehold on this region, thanks to an 18-2 record. But the Crusaders still have Barton on their heels. With Carson-Newman getting upset in the quarterfinals of the SAC tournament, the Bulldogs could make things interesting. If Belmont Abbey and Barton win their semifinal games in the Conference Carolinas tournament, they'll meet in the championship. 

WEST

Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Colorado School of Mines 15-3 15-3
2 Western Colorado 13-4 13-4
3 Westminster (UT) 11-4 11-4
4 Azusa Pacific 10-4 10-4
5 Hawaii Pacific 10-0 10-0
6 Point Loma 8-5 8-5
7 Colorado Mesa 13-7 13-7
8 MSU Denver 12-5 12-5

Five teams in this region made it to the RMAC tournament. Only three remain, with Colorado Mesa defeating MSU Denver in the quarterfinals and Westminster (UT) falling to Black Hills State. The Mavericks will now face the top seed in Colorado School of Mines. Western Colorado will take on the Yellow Jackets, who are looking to pull off another upset and extend their season. 

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