Hawkeyes To Host Missouri State in WNIT

  • Hawkeyes To Host Missouri State in WNIT

Hawkeyes To Host Missouri State in WNIT

Two other Big Ten teams made the tournament, IN (18-15) and IL (18-14).

But the fact is, motivation sometimes can be a problem for power conference programs in a tournament that amounts to a consolation prize for teams that miss out on the NCAA Tournament. The game originally was scheduled for 6 p.m. but the NIT shuffled things around when Syracuse's game with North Carolina-Greensboro was moved back a day because of snowstorms on the East Coast.

The Hawkeyes will host Missouri State in the first round on Thursday. Senior Lisa Hughes (9.5 ppg) earned honorable mention All-MVC honors, while freshman Alexa Willard (8.2 ppg) was named to the All-Freshman Team. As a team, South Dakota is scoring 77.7 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

"We all know we're a good team, and we very well could have played in the NCAA tournament", sophomore forward Ahmad Wagner said.

The victor of Thursday's game will get the victor of South Dakota and North Dakota in the second round. Location, date, and tip time is TBA.

"We are really excited to continue our season, especially because we have the opportunity to participate in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in front of our tremendous fans", said Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder.

It's cool, the Iowa basketball players said, that the Hawkeyes are one of the No. 1 seeds in the NIT.

"Our fans have been fantastic all season long", Bluder said.

USD's lone Division I post season experience came in 2010 with an opening round loss to Creighton in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. We knew what was at stake going into IN, and we still came out and played OK.