BILLINGS – Thirty-two college basketball teams are in Billings right now for the NAIA Women’s National Championship.

They tip Wednesday morning at Rimrock Auto Arena with eight games slated for each of the two opening days. Rocky’s women are the host team.

Medically, it’s been a rough ride this season for the Bears, losing multiple players along the way to knee injuries. But they’ve still managed to play some of the nation’s top teams to tight finishes.

Now they get the top team: undefeated Freed-Hardeman.

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“Freed is very very good,” said Bears head coach Wes Keller. “I think they might have the best point guard in the country. They have a very good player at the four position. We’ve got to win the battle in the paint, find ways to take advantage of some mismatches that I feel that we do have against them.”

Despite being the host team, Rocky players admit they’re not feeling a lot of heat.

“We really have nothing to lose,” Alecia Chamberlin said. “I hope we just go out there fired up. It’s just a great opportunity for us as a team.”

Each team in this year’s field is also spending time Monday or Tuesday visiting elementary school kids around Billings participating in the NAIA Champions of Character program. Rocky’s women spent time Monday at Billings Montessori School.

Rocky’s tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

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