WAYNE – Right before the Wayne State women’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament, the latest NCAA DII Central Regional rankings were announced.
The NCAA national committee in Indianapolis, Indiana announced the rankings Wednesday which found Wayne State taking the #9 spot after sweeping their regular season road weekend. WSC defeated Upper Iowa 69-38 and used a buzzer beater to win at Winona State 60-59.
Wayne State College was also victories in their first round tourney game over Minnesota Crookston Wednesday evening, 72-59. The ‘Cats will next face Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m. from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Entering Wednesday, the Wildcats were 22-6 overall and 20-6 against NCAA DII teams overall and in region.
Southwestern Oklahoma State from the Great American Conference stays at the top spot in the rankings followed by Central Missouri from the MIAA in second. NSIC schools Northern State, MSU Moorhead and Augustana, close out the top five teams.
Three MIAA teams –Pittsburg State, Central Oklahoma and Nebraska-Kearney are ranked sixth through eighth with Wayne State ninth and Arkansas Tech, not rated a week ago, now 10th with Emporia State (#7) falling out.
The top eight teams from the region advance to the NCAA Central Region Tournament March 9, 10 and 12. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the three conference tournaments with the remaining five spots awarded to teams on an at-large basis.