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UWS draws familiar foe in NCAA women's basketball tourney

While the Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball team blitzed through its inaugural season in the UMAC undefeated against league opponents, the Yellowjackets are faced with a familiar challenge in their upcoming NCAA Division III tournament opener...

While the Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team blitzed through its inaugural season in the UMAC undefeated against league opponents, the Yellowjackets are faced with a familiar challenge in their upcoming NCAA Division III tournament opener - prolonging their playoff run against a WIAC heavyweight.
UWS (24-3) coasted past Northwestern 58-34 in Saturday’s UMAC championship game to garner the conference’s automatic bid into the national tournament, the first NCAA appearance in program history. Monday, the Yellowjackets learned they will face regional host Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 7 p.m. Friday. The Titans (22-5) ended UWS’ seasons in 2015 and 2014, when the Yellowjackets still resided in the powerful WIAC.
“We are excited to have the chance to play UW-
Oshkosh in the first round. When you are in a conference for as long as we were in the WIAC, you develop a rapport and a familiarity with the teams and the coaches,” UWS coach Don Mulhern said in a news release. “Over the past few years we had some really great games with UW-Oshkosh, and we’re excited to have the chance to play them once again.”
The four-team regional’s first game pits Wartburg (Iowa) against Wisconsin Lutheran at 4:30 p.m. Friday’s winners square off at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Oshkosh was ranked 15th nationally in the most recent D3hoops.com poll. The Titans defeated UWS 66-61 in the postseason a year ago and 75-69 in the 2014 championship game.

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