UNK women’s basketball finishes year in Top-10 in both major polls

UNK women's basketball hoists MIAA trophy
UNK women's basketball hoists MIAA trophy(UNK Athletics, Corbey R Dorsey)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 10:19 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team finished 9th and 10th in the final two NCAA Division II Top 25 polls of the 2020-21 season.

In the recently completed campaign, UNK (23-4) won the MIAA Tournament, reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a dozen years and advanced to the “Sweet 16” for the third time in program history. Finally, the Lopers had winning streaks of seven and 12 games respectively.

In the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 poll, UNK tallied 345 points to come in ahead of rival Fort Hays State (292 points). The Tigers went 22-4 and won the regular season MIAA title, but lost to the Lopers in the league tourney title game and then to eventual region champ Central Missouri in the NCAA Tournament. The Jennies (23-5) finished fourth with 491 points.

This is the seventh time in program history UNK finished the year ranked in the WBCA Top 25. The 1997-98 Lopers, going 26-4 and winning a game in the NCAA’s, also came in ninth. The 1996-97 Lopers reached the Sweet 16, went a school-record 28-3 and came in 10th, making this just the third time Kearney has cracked the top 12.

The D2 Sports Information Directors of American (D2SIDA) poll has been around seven years and this is the first time UNK has finished in the final edition. UNK received 248 points to beat out Central Region member Southwestern Oklahoma State to make the top 10.

Lubbock Christian (Texas) beat Drury (Mo.), 69-59, in the national title game to place first in both polls. The Chaparrals have now won three of the last five D2 crowns.

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