Four MAC Teams Open Women's Hoops Postseason Action Thursday

Updated 3/20/2013


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Women’s National Invitation Tournament (First Round)
SMU (21-9, 12-4 C-USA) at Bowling Green (22-10, 11-5 MAC)
March 21 • 7 PM • First Meeting
• BGSU, which earned an at-large bid to the WNIT, will enter the tourney with an overall record of 22-10.  The Falcons finished Mid-American Conference regular-season play with an 11-5 record.  BG finished second in the MAC’s East Division, a game behind Akron, after winning divisional crowns in each of the previous eight seasons.  The Brown and Orange has increased the program’s streak of 20-win seasons to a MAC-record 10 in a row.  The Falcons’ nine consecutive seasons with a national postseason appearance is also a MAC record.  SMU earned the automatic bid out of Conference USA.  The Mustangs (21-9, 12-4 C-USA) won the league’s regular-season title, but were upset, 70-66, by eighth seeded UCF in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.  
Women’s National Invitation Tournament (First Round)
Akron (23-9, 12-4 MAC) at Duquesne (23-7, 11-3 A-10)
March 21 • 7 PM • Duquesne leads 4-1
• The Zips received an at-large bid to the 64-team tournament after posting a program-best 23-9 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Mid-American Conference. UA won nine out of its last 10 regular season games before going on a run in the league tournament and making its first ever appearance in a MAC title game, falling to Central Michigan 86-68.  Duquesne also received an at-large bid out of the Atlantic-10 Conference with an overall mark of 23-7 and an 11-3 record in the league. The Dukes fell to Saint Joseph’s in the A-10 Tournament quarterfinal round, 73-60. Duquesne is 12-2 this season on its home floor at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
Women’s National Invitation Tournament (First Round)
Butler (17-13, 8-6 A-10) at Toledo (27-3, 15-1 MAC)
March 21 • 7 PM • Toledo leads 3-0
• UT’s four-straight postseason appearances is tied for the second longest stretch in school history, surpassed only by six-consecutive appearances (four NCAA & two WNIT) during the 1993-99 seasons.  This past weekend at the MAC Tournament in Cleveland, top seed Toledo suffered a heartbreaking 66-61 setback to No. 4 seed and eventual tourney champion Central Michigan in the semifinals on Friday, March 15.  The Bulldogs, who finished with an 8-6 mark in the A-10, feature an offense led by junior Daress McClung’s 16.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 2.4 bpg.
Women’s National Invitation Tournament (First Round)
Miami (19-12, 10-6 MAC) at Illinois (16-13, 9-7 MAC)
March 21 • 8 PM • Series tied 2-2
• Miami finished the regular season 19-12 and 10-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The RedHawks are led by seniors Courtney Osborn and Kirsten Olowinski. Osborn, a First-Team All-MAC selection for the second straight season, has averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game in 2013. She has become Miami’s all-time leading scorer and is sixth in MAC history with 2,147 points.  Illinois is 16-13 overall and finished 9-7 in the Big Ten Conference. A strong offensive team, the Illini average 70.0 points per game. They are led by a pair of Second-Team All-Big Ten selections in senior forward Karisma Penn and senior guard Adrienne GodBold.