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Northern's Women's Basketball team promoted to Division I of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

For immediate release
June 14, 2013

Lady Eagles Northern New Mexico College’s Women’s Basketball team was promoted this June to Division I of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Northern remains a member of the Association of Independent Institutions conference, but will now compete against teams like Allen, SC, Cal State-San Marcos, West Virginia Tech, and Lindenwood, Ill.

“For us to be able to make a move like this so quickly says a lot about the level of commitment here,” Athletic Director Ryan Cordova said. “Despite being a new athletic program, being recognized like this sets us up for success.”

As a Division I team, Northern will automatically compete in their conference tournament, a first-time event for the team. They will also be eligible to qualify for the prestigious National Tournament. Northern’s presence is also beneficial for the AII conference, which would otherwise be one team short of qualifying for national championships.

In order to be considered for Division I status, Northern had to prove an interest and ability to play at this level. The team defeated Arizona Christian University (Division I) two times last year showing that they have what it takes.

Cordova said that the next step is to promote men’s basketball, making all of Northern’s athletics Division I. The goal within the next ten years is to have Northern compete at the NCAA level in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, he said. The addition of volleyball is also under consideration.

Northern’s athletic program has grown substantially since its inception in 2010, increasing from 38 student athletes to more than 80 this year. Over 60 percent of athletes are recruited within the State. The first Division I game for Northern’s women will take place November 1 and 2, 2013 against Arizona Christian University and University of the Southwest.

For more information, contact:
Ryan Cordova, Athletic Director
(505) 747.2288,


Story by Stephanie J. Montoya