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Marquette and former Southwest star Natisha Hiedeman are into the NCAA Tournament

It’s been a historic week for the women’s basketball program at Marquette. It started with their first Big East title on their home court, then six days later the Golden Eagles earned their highest seed in program history in the NCAA Tournament.

Named a fifth seed, Marquette will play their first round match up No. 15 Quinnipiac in Coral Gables, Florida on Satruday. It’s Marquette’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2011, and first under head coach Carolyn Kieger.

“I can’t even put it into words,” said former Green Bay Southwest standout, Natisha Hiedeman. “You just can’t describe the feeling. I’m so excited.”

Quinnipiac (27-6) enters into the tournament on a ten-game win streak after defeating Rider to win the MAAC final, earning an automatic bid. The Bobcats have two players who average double-digit points, Adily Martucci and Jen Fay.

Hiedeman later added, " I mean I just remember when I first got here and just our first summer we kind of had a whole brand new team and I was just thinking, "Oh my gosh I'm not going to make it and just to be here now and win a Big East Championship and to be in the NCAA Tournament I've been dreaming about this I know my whole team has wanted this since they were little girls and now its finally here."

Marquette’s women's basketball team will be making their 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, holding a 4-9 all-time record. Marquette has never advanced past the second round.

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