Phoenix women to take on Minnesota in WNIT

Green Bay guard Kaili Lukan drives the lane past Wright State forward Tayler Stanton (21) and guard KC Elkins (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Horizon League tournament championship on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Green Bay guard Kaili Lukan drives the lane past Wright State forward Tayler Stanton (21) and guard KC Elkins (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Horizon League tournament championship on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Green Bay, WI- The Green Bay women knew if they didn’t win the Horizon league tournament, they would most likely not make it to the big dance, a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Monday that was confirmed, but as regular season Horizon League champions, the Phoenix were given an automatic berth into the women’s NIT.

They will play at Minnesota in the first round of the field of 64 on Wednesday night, with a time to be announced.

The Gophers were 20-12 on the season, and finished 8-8 in the Big Ten, losing in the second round of the conference tournament.

In a statement released by the University, head coach Kevin Borseth said, “We are excited for the opportunity to continue our season in the WNIT.  I am extremely proud of our team’s accomplishments thus far this season including winning the Horizon League regular season title, and for them to have a chance to play for a national title will be an exciting opportunity for this team.”

It is the 17th straight season the Green Bay Phoenix women have played in the post-season, and the third time in their history they will play in the WNIT.

Green Bay has never won a WNIT game, going 0-3 in their other three appearances.

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