Fresh off a successful run through the Peach Belt Conference tournament, the Columbus State Lady Cougars began preparations Monday for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
The 2014 PBC tournament championship game win was CSU's first since 2001. When the Lady Cougars face fellow-PBC member North Georgia on Friday, they will be making their first NCAA appearance since 2007.
2001 was also the last time CSU won what was then the South Atlantic Regional. That was CSU's second straight regional title.
Both of those seasons ended up with CSU in the Final Four.
CSU lost to North Georgia in both meetings this season. North Georgia won 78-73 in Columbus on Feb. 8, then 70-67 in Dahlonega on Feb. 26.
CSU is on the same side of the bracket as the host, Lenoir-Rhyne, which plays Armstrong Atlantic in the first round.
The second round of the tournament will be played Saturday. The championship game will be played Monday.
Friday, March 14
Game 1 -- No. 3 seed Wingate (24-5) vs. No. 6 Belmont Abbey (23-8), 1 p.m.
Game 2 -- No. 2 Clayton State (22-6) vs. No. 7 Limestone (24-5), 3:30 p.m.
Game 3 -- No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne vs. No. 8 Armstrong Atlantic (19-7), 6 p.m.
Game 4 -- No. 5 Columbus State (21-7) vs. No. 4 North Georgia (22-6), 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15
Game 5 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 6 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 16
Game 7 -- Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m.