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Women’s NIT Bracket: Opponents and Dates are set for the 5 MAC teams

It’s the MAC vs. Big Ten showdown we always wanted

Kenneth Bailey

The times have yet to be determined, but here is what we do know. Who they are playing, and what day. Three of the teams are in the same quadrant, so dreams of an all MAC final 4 are out, though we could get 3 out of the 4. The full bracket is here. Here are some quick notes about the match-ups.


Northern Illinois Huskies at South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Thursday, 3/16

The Jackrabbits come into the game with a 22-8 record. They are out of the Summit League, where they finished 12-4 in conference play, good enough for a tie for second place.

Madison Guebert leads SDSU in scoring, at 15.2 points per game. She is one of 5 Jackrabbits to average double figures, but their second leading scorer has been out with a season ending injury since the 9th game of the year.

As a team, they shoot 44% from the floor, and 33% from beyond the arc.


Kent State Golden Flashes at Michigan Wolverines

Thursday, 3/16

After losing 4 of their last 5, the Wolverines were left out of the big dance. They finished the season 22-9 and 11-5 in the Big Ten. That was good enough for 3rd place. They are 14-1 at home. Yikes.

The Wolverines are led by Katelynn Flaherty, who is averaging 19.9 points per contest.

Hallie Thome is second on the team, at 15.2 per game. The 6’5 sophomore center has a twin, Hannah, playing at Ohio.

As a team, Michigan shoots 47% from the floor, and 39% from beyond the arc.


Central Michigan Chippewas at Wright State Raiders

Thursday, 3/16

The Raiders are 24-8 on the season, and went 15-3 in the Horizon League, good enough to tie Green Bay for first place.

They are lead in scoring by Chelsea Welch, who is averaging 18.6 per game.

While they aren’t the best shooting team around, they average 40 rebounds a game, and have 5 players that score 9 or more.


Ohio University Bobcats at Penn State Nittany Lions

Friday, 3/17

Penn State finished the season 19-10 overall, and 9-7 in the Big Ten.

Teniya Page is leading the team in scoring, at 20 points per contest.

The Nittany Lions out-scored their opponents by more than 100 points in the second quarter.


Ball State Cardinals at Indiana Hoosiers

Thursday, 3/16

The Hoosiers finished the season 20-10, and 10-6 in Big Ten play.

Tyra Buss leads the team in scoring, with 18.6 per game.

The Hoosiers outscored their opponents by 10.5 on the season.