In November 2013, members of Ohio Dominican’s athletic department and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission allowed themselves a few hours to enjoy the news that the NCAA awarded ODU the 2017 Division II Elite Eight for women’s basketball.

“Then we began planning,” Ohio Dominican coach Lynsey Warren said. “We had this glazed look in our eyes the first couple of minutes when we thought about the work ahead.”

The work begins paying off today when four quarterfinals are played beginning at noon at Alumni Hall. 

Unbeaten Ashland (34-0) is the tournament's top seed and the only Ohio team in the field. The Eagles, the only remaining undefeated team in Division II, men or women, meet eighth-seeded West Texas A&M at 6 p.m.

The semifinals are Wednesday and the championship game at 7 p.m. Friday. The semifinals and final will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

This is the second of three national women’s tournaments awarded to Columbus by the NCAA. Capital hosted the Division III Final Four last year and Ohio State will host the Division I Final Four next year at Nationwide Arena.

“It has been great seeing (ODU) grow into the role” of host, Greater Columbus Sports Commission executive director Linda Logan said. “This tournament will leave an imprint.”

Logan said the tournament will provide an economic impact of approximately $1 million.

The goal for Ohio Dominican athletic director Jeff Blair and Warren is to have an answer for any question the teams, their administrators and fans may have.

“There has to be a lot of communication between all parties,” Warren said. “The coaches have been asking a lot of questions.”

Teams and officials arrived in Columbus on Sunday. On Monday, teams practiced and attended a banquet at COSI.

Warren, who graduated from Watterson, played volleyball for Ashland when it went to the Elite Eight in Pensacola, Florida.

“That tournament was run well and a great experience, but as a player you have zero idea of what is going on behind the scenes,” she said. “We did neat things outside of practicing and playing, and that’s what we’re trying to do with this tournament.”