Four schools from Kentucky will represent the host state when the 32nd annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship plays out this week in Frankfort.
Games tip off Wednesday morning in the 5,300-seat Frankfort Convention Center.
This is the first time the 32-team event has been held in Kentucky. Frankfort is contracted to host the tournament through at least 2015.
Kentucky teams in the field are Georgetown (21-9), Cumberlands (28-3), Campbellsville (20-12), and Lindsey Wilson (20-12).
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Georgetown, ranked No. 19 in the nation and coached by Andrea McCloskey, is making its first NAIA Tournament appearance since 2008. Andrea Howard, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard from Franklin County, averages 15.9 points to lead the Tigers in scoring.
Cumberlands, champions of the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament, enters the event ranked No. 6 in the country and on a five-game winning streak for Coach Melissa Irvin. Six-foot senior swing player Lauren Wombles from South Laurel leads the Patriots in scoring (19.4) and rebounding (8.2).
Coach Ginger Colvin's Campbellsville team is making its 20th NAIA appearance and sixth in the past 10 years. Five-foot-10 junior swing player Courtney Clifton (14.8) from Lexington Christian and 5-8 junior guard Mackenzie Lee (13.6) from Montgomery County are the team's top scorers.
Lindsey Wilson, coached by John B. Wethington, drew a tough first-round assignment, having to face No. 2-ranked Union University of Tennessee (31-2). Ashley Rainey, a 6-2 junior forward from Warren East, is the team's top scorer (24.5) and rebounder (12.0.). Rainey is in her second season with the Blue Raiders after transferring from Louisville.