Women’s basketball team wins NCAA Southeast Regional

Head Coach Buffie Burson led the UNG women’s basketball team to the best season in its 14 years of NCAA competition, reaching the Division II Elite Eight in 2018-19.

Her program finished with a 30-5 record, an NCAA Southeast Regional title and Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

“It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude and love I have for this team. They have been connected, unselfish and unbelievably locked in all season,” Burson said after a 99-54 loss to Lubbock Christian in the Elite Eight on March 26 in Columbus, Ohio. “The loss at the Elite Eight will sting for a while, but I hope that our players will soon reflect on the amazing run and history made for the program and university and be as proud as we all are of them.”

As the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, the Nighthawks reached the Elite Eight with victories against Lander University in the Sweet 16, Wingate University in the second round and Emmanuel College in the first round.

This is the fourth time Burson led UNG to the 30-win plateau in her 25 years as head coach. Burson also reached the 500-win mark this season with a 68-63 victory against Flagler College in December.

The women’s basketball team became the fifth in UNG history to reach an NCAA championship round, joining softball, baseball, cross-country, and women’s tennis.