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Women's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 8, 2017
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa - After nearly a week of preparation, the Marian women's basketball team is set to face Olivet Nazarene in the opening round of the NAIA Championship Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. The 30-3 Knights enter the postseason as a No. 1 seed and will face the 8th-seeded Tigers who come in with a 20-11 record.

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THE GAME

Marian and Olivet are playing each other for the first time this season. The winner will move on to face either Purdue-Northwest or IU-East in the second round on Friday. Marian is currently on a 17-game win streak and defeated St. Francis in the Crossroads League Touranment championship. Marian has defeated five ranked opponents this season.

Olivet has won four of its last six games. The Tigers run a fast-paced offense and routinely score well over 100 points, including a 155-point performance in their final regular season game. Olivet is 3-0 on a neutral court this season.

SERIES HISTORY

The two programs have only met three times before, but two have been recently. Marian is 3-0 all-time in the series and won the last matchup 109-103 in Bourbonnais, Illinois, last season. In 2014, the two teams played on John Grimes Court and Marian won 135-124. The Knights also won the first matchup back in 2005, 92-84.

TALE OF THE TAPE

MARIANSTATSOLIVET
78.6POINTS111.8
59.0POINTS ALLOWED94.6
.468FG PERCENTAGE.432
.3583-POINT PERCENTAGE.315
7213-POINT ATTEMPTS1464
399TURNOVERS666
.741FREE THROW PERCENTAGE.681
36.5REBOUNDS PER GAME44.2

MEDIA

Fans unable to attend the game in Sioux City can watch live for a fee at NAIANetwork.com. A Marian audio broadcast will be available for free here and fans can follow along with the game on the official Marian athletics Twitter account @MUKnights. A full game recap with statistics, photos, video interviews and more will be available after each game on MUKnights.com.

Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Thursday, March 9 at the Tyson Events Center.

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