ELMHURST, Ill. -- South Dakota enters The Summit League Women's Basketball Championship as the top seed for the first time in school history. Eight teams will begin play at the tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday, which determines The Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
South Dakota (23-6, 13-3 SL), the defending tournament champion, won its first regular season title in program history. The Coyotes, currently receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll, have advanced to the championship game in each of its previous two eligible seasons and will meet No. 8 Fort Wayne (9-20, 3-13) Saturday, March 7, at Noon CT (Midco Sports Network / ESPN3) in the first league tournament game held at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
The second quarterfinal pits second-seeded and five-time tournament champions South Dakota State (21-8, 12-4) against No. 7 Denver (8-22, 5-11), last season's runner-up, at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday, on Midco Sports Network/ESPN3. The Jackrabbits are ranked No. 21 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.
On Sunday, March 8, quarterfinal action resumes with No. 4 Western Illinois (17-12, 9-7) facing No. 5 IUPUI (14-15, 9-7) at Noon CT, followed by No. 3 Oral Roberts (15-14, 9-7) vs. No. 6 North Dakota State (11-17, 7-9) at 2:30 p.m. CT. Both games will air live on Midco Sports Network and ESPN3.
Semifinal action begins on March 9, with the winner of the No. 1 vs. No. 8 game against the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game winner at Noon CT. That is followed by the winners of the 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 contests at 2:30 p.m. CT. Both semifinal games will be aired on Midco Sports Network and ESPN3.
The championship game is set for 1 p.m. CT on March 10, and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
After six record-breaking seasons in Sioux Falls, the 2015 Summit League Tournament moves from the iconic Sioux Falls Arena into the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
For the first time, all men's and women's games at The Summit League Basketball Championships can be viewed live across multiple platforms ranging from cable television to handheld devices. The coverage by Midco Sports Network and ESPN platforms marks the sixth consecutive season that both the men's and women's tournaments are available nationwide in their entirety.
All women's quarterfinal and semifinal games will be produced and televised by Midco Sports Network for the sixth consecutive season and the feed will extend beyond its footprint via ESPN3. The Summit League Women's Basketball Championship game will air on ESPNU for the seventh consecutive season.
Tickets for the 2015 Summit League Basketball Tournament can be purchased at all TicketMaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Box Office.
For complete information on this year's tournament, visit The Summit League's championships website at www.thesummitleague.org/march2thesummit.
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After six record-setting seasons at the Sioux Falls Arena, The Summit League Basketball Championships enter a new era in the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center this March. Eight men's and eight women's teams will vie for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, March 7-10 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The March to The Summit can be seen in its entirety across ESPN platforms found at www.thesummitleague.org/espn. For complete tournament information, visit www.thesummitleague.org/march2thesummit or download the free mobile app, powered by Yellow Jacket Irrigation & Landscaping, for iOS and Android devices at the Apple Store or on Google Play.