Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:17 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2013 8:57 AM
KANSAS CITY -- For the first time in school history, Central Methodist will compete for the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship.
The 32-team field for the 33rd annual event was unveiled Wednesday, and the Eagles will battle defending national champion Oklahoma City (26-3) in the First Round.
The Eagles are making their first trip to a National Championship since the 1999-2000 season when they were a member of NAIA Division II.
The 32-team, single elimination format will take place from March 13 - 19 in the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.
The Eagles (25-7) earned a No. 8 seed in the Fourth Quadrant and will battle the No. 1-seeded Stars (26-3) on Wednesday, March 13, at 12 a.m.
Central Methodist qualified for the 2013 National Championship as an at-large team. The Eagles were the 13th of 14 teams to receive an at-large bid and the third team out of the Heart of America Athletic Conference to reach the tournament behind MidAmerica Nazarene and Benedictine.