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Cougars accept invitation to NCAA women's tournament

Not one, but two teams from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) will be participating in the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, as the University of Minnesota, Morris and Northland College received invitations to the Big Dance. The two schools finished one and two in the 2009-10 UMAC standings before losing in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.

The Cougars, who are 19-7 overall in 2009-10, will be travelling to De Pere, Wis. to play Wisconsin-Stevens Point at St. Norbert College. Northland, 18-8 overall this season, will play Carthage College at UW-Whitewater in Whitewater, Wis.

Should the Cougars win, they will play the winner of St. Norbert and Calvin College the next day.

This is the Cougar women's first NCAA postseason birth since 1983. Together, they will be the first UMAC women's basketball teams in the post-season finale.

Both games will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5.

The action can be followed live through the St. Norbert's website: The live stats are free, and so is the webcast, but it requires registration with their webcasting host, Penn Atlantic.

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