HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – The routine was almost the same as it’s been for the previous four years. The result is what Hampton University and its fans have been waiting for.
On Monday afternoon, a packed student center on Hampton’s campus, filled with cheering students, fans, faculty, administrative, and family members rose as one and applauded the Lady Pirates who earned a 12-seed in the upcoming NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
The seed is the highest ever awarded to a men’s or a women’s basketball team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Needless to say, Hampton’s head coach is happy his team finally received the respect they deserved.
“I’m happy, elated about it,” said Six, who’s lead Hampton to a record five straight MEAC tournament championships, “I thought that we were a 12 seed. I thought the NCAA did the right thing, and I’m happy with that. I thought we got what we deserved.”
“I knew we weren’t no 16-seed,” said senior guard Nicole Hamilton, “I knew we were either a 10, 11, 12, one of those. So, we actually go the seed we wanted.”
In the 2011 women’s basketball tournament, Hampton earned a 13 seed, and nearly beat the University of Kentucky, eventually losing to the Wildcats 66-62 in overtime. As a 12 seed this season, the Lady Pirates will play Michigan State, and won’t have to travel too far to do it.
Hampton only has to go to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face the Spartans (22-9, 13-3 Big Ten). The game will be played on Sunday, Mar. 23 and will tip off at 12:30 pm.