Record Four Women's Teams Earn Postseason Bids
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ELMHURST, Ill. - A record four
Summit League women's basketball teams will be making postseason
appearances this season. That total surpasses the league's previous
high of three postseason berths set in 2010 and 2011.
The four teams are led by South Dakota State, the 2012 Summit League Champion, which received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. UMKC, Oral Roberts and South Dakota were selected to participate in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), giving the league a record three bids to the tournament. The Coyotes will host their first round game against Drake.
"Having four of our schools earn postseason tournament bids demonstrates the strength and depth as well as the forward progression of women's basketball in the league," said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. "It is fitting that we cap a tremendously successful 2011-12 season by setting a record for postseason berths on the women's side."
The Summit League is No. 19 in the
March 13 Collegiate Basketball News RPI rankings, the
highest since the 2005-06 season. The league peaked at No. 11 on
Dec. 6 and Jan. 3.
Several additional records and notable achievements have been reached by The Summit League during its 30th Anniversary Season in 2011-12, including:
- Eight league teams recording a .500 or better overall record at home this season, which is the most in league history.
- Oral Roberts' Kevi Luper breaking the league's all-time scoring record and capturing a league record third Player of the Year award and 14 career Player of the Week awards.
- Oral Roberts leading the nation in steals (14.4 spg).
2012 Summit League Postseason
Thursday, March 15
WNIT: Drake at South Dakota (8 p.m. ET) // Women's National Invitation Tournament Page
WNIT: UMKC at Missouri State (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, March 16
WNIT: Oral Roberts at Wichita State (8:05 p.m. ET)
NCAA: (13) South Dakota State at (4) Purdue (1:35 p.m. ET on ESPN2) // NCAA Tournament Page