ISU Heads to West Lafayette For NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2008
NORMAL, Ill. - This weekend, the best teams in women's college basketball will be taking part in the NCAA Tournament all across the country and for the first time in three years, the Illinois State Redbirds are a part of that group. ISU will stay in the Midwest, needing to drive less than three hours to Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., for its fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The 13th-seeded Redbirds (26-6, 13-5 MVC) take on 4th-seeded Oklahoma (21.8, 11-5 Big 12) in a first round matchup on Sunday, March 23, at 11 a.m. CDT. The game will be shown on ESPN 2, as a part of the network's roving coverage of the first round, and WJBC-AM 1230 will broadcast all of the action live.
"We are really excited to be a part of the NCAA Tournament," said head coach Robin Pingeton. "Winning the Valley Tournament last weekend was a great thrill and this is just another fantastic experience for this team. We had a great practice after a couple of days off and we are going to continue to work on our approach before we face Oklahoma on Sunday. We are going to face a really good team with a lot of tradition. (Oklahoma junior center) Courtney Paris is among the elite players in the nation and it will be fun to see how we can stack up against them."
REDBIRDS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
FAMILIAR FOES IN THE FIELD OF 64
THE ILLINOIS STATE-OKLAHOMA SERIES
Illinois State and Oklahoma have met twice in women's basketball, with the Sooners claiming both matchups. The postseason was the setting of the first matchup, a 67-65 Oklahoma victory in the WNIT. The next meeting came in the opening round of the George Washington Classic in 1993. Oklahoma won that game, 69-56. Oklahoma is one of eight teams that Illinois State has played more than once and never beaten.
REDBIRDS WIN 2008 STATE FARM MVC TOURNAMENT
TRIO OF REDBIRDS ON ALL-VALLEY TOURNAMENT TEAM