The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team left Sunday for Australia. It’s a bonding trip with some basketball mixed in. The girls will play three games in Australia and get the chance to do some exploring as well. Fortunately for the team they have native Australian Jasmine Trimboli to help show the way. I had the chance to catch up with Trimboli, Caitlin Duffy and head coach Dawn Plitzuweit to talk about the trip before they departed.
Every team has a goal of reaching the NCAA tournament. It doesn’t matter if you get matched up against a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The feeling of being in the NCAA tournament for athletes and coaches is incredible. But not everyone gets into the tournament.
In women’s basketball 64 teams get the opportunity to play in the tournament. That teams more than 250 teams, many of which had a great season, on the outside looking in. That’s where other postseason opportunities come into play. For women’s basketball there are two more – Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). With 64 teams in the WNIT and 16 more in the WBI that gives an additional 80 teams a chance to play for a championship and 144 total teams in women’s postseason tournaments. Continue reading →
It’s been 237 days (but really, who’s counting) since the South Dakota women’s basketball team saw their season end in the NCAA tournament – the school’s first as a DI program – at the hands of Stanford, who eventually made it to the Final Four.
Tonight the Coyote women will tip off their season at Drake. It’s the second time in three seasons the two teams have opened the season at Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA. It’s the third straight season the teams have played. Two years ago the Coyotes edged Drake on the road 74-69. Last season the Bulldogs were victorious in overtime 89-81 in a game played at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. Continue reading →
In game one of the day Davenport blasted Cedarville 81-58 to advance to the semifinal round on Monday. The Panthers found their stride midway through the first half and never let up. DU was paced by 14 points from Carrie Grubius, who made four three-point shots, and Abby Neff with 11 points. The Panthers shot 42 percent from the field in route to the win. Senior Kristi Boehm was a spark plug for the Panthers in the win. Boehm blocked a three-point shot attempt and forced Cedarville into turnovers. Continue reading →
The official bracket for the NAIA DI Men’s national tournament was announced this evening via the Victory Sports Network selection show. Robert Morris (Ill.) earned the top overall seed in the tournament with a 30-1 record. Concordia (Calif.) (30-3), Mountain State (W. Va.) (29-3) & LSU Shreveport (29-3) round out the top four.
Thirty two total teams are headed to Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, one will leave with a championship.
The NAIA DI Women’s National Tournament has been officially announced via a selection show from the Victory Sports Network. The tournament is scheduled to begin March 16 in Jackson, Tenn. Union University (Tenn.) has been dominant in the national tournament in the past decade. They will again be a No. 1 seed with a 31-1 record. The other No. 1 seeds in the tournament include Oklahoma City (25-3), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (28-5) and Campbellsville (Ky.) (28-3).
You can view the official bracket on the Victory Sports Network by clicking here.
The Victory Sports Network will have the exclusive broadcast of the NAIA DI Women’s Basketball and Men’s Basketball Bracket Announcement tonight. The NAIA DI WBB Show will be at 6:00 p.m. CT while the NAIA DI MBB Show will follow at 7:00 p.m. CT. Both shows can be watched live via the Victory Sports Network Livestream Channel.