Published on March 8, 2011 by Nathan Troost 

In the program's 14th season of existence, the Samford women's basketball team will compete in its first-ever NCAA Tournament.  The Bulldogs have earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance by beating Appalachian State 57-54 Monday, March 7, to win the Southern Conference championship.  The win is Samford's 25th of the season, the most in program history.  The Bulldogs will find out where they will go for the NCAA Tournament next Monday, March 14, when the pairings are announced.  To stay current with all Samford athletics, visit
About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.