Friday, March 19, 2010
NIT Bubble Bursts For EIU
Billy's trip to Milwaukee was very quick as the Panthers made a first round exit from the Women's NIT during a loss at Marquette. EIU finished off a solid season winning the school's first OVC regular-season championship and advancing to post-season for the first time since 1988.
All solid accomplishments for a team that will return quite a few key players for next season. In the game sophomore Madeline Kish made some key outside shots while the Panthers received solid minutes from freshmen Sydney Mitchell, Ta'Kenya Nixon and Kelsey Wyss.
The Al McGuire center was pretty much as expected, a nice 4,000 seat arena that housed many extras. The complex had a nice walk of champions honoring the legendary coach and a couple of Dwyane Wade tributes sprinkled in. The one thing it seemed to miss on the day that NCAA March Madness started was a tribute to Al McGuire dancing at center court.
Kudos to the EIU women's basketball team on another successful season as the Panthers won 20-plus games for the second staight season finishing at 23-11.
Kudos to OVC member Murray State for their memorable first round win over Vanderbilt. Maybe this will help encourage the Panther Nation to come to Lantz when the Panthers host Murray State next season.
Kudos to the OVC overall for moving the entire OVC Tournament to Nashville starting with the 2011 championship.
Up next baseball and softball.