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Conference tournament crowns dished out

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: November 7, 2016

The dust settled on DI women’s postseason conference tournaments on Sunday, as champions were crowned in finals around the country, as automatic bids were secured.

Below is a recap of a handful of conference finals, along with the complete list of automatic entrants into the NCAA Tournament.

ACC

It’s never a shock to see Florida State get the job done in a shootout.

Tied 0-0 with North Carolina after 110 minutes of action, Cassie Miller saved a penalty kick in the shootout, and Bridgette Andrzejewski missed her final effort as FSU secured a fourth straight ACC tournament title.

Neither side threw numbers forward with great abandoned, as Florida State edged the Tar Heels in shots 8-7. Goalkeeper Lindsey Harris made four saves for UNC, while Miller turned aside three shots, as neither side managed to break the deadlock in Charleston.

Big 12

The game of the day took place out in Kansas, as West Virginia erased a 2-0 deficit, defeating TCU in overtime to capture the Big 12 Conference crown.

TCU jumped out to an early lead, as Michelle Prokof opened the scoring just four minutes into the match. The Horned Frogs doubled the advantaged right before the halftime break thanks to junior Allison Ganter.

The Mountaineers were not to be denied, however. Michaela Abam cut into the lead in the 59th minute, and Kadeisha Buchanan broke TCU’s hearts by tying the game with less than two minutes left.

That set the stage for Ashley Lawrence to drive home the title-winning goal, securing West Virginia’s third tournament crown in four years.

Big East

Hosting the Big East tournament turned out to be just what Georgetown needed to finally claim a tourney title, defeating Marquette 2-0 on the Hilltop.

The Hoyas put in a dominant performance over the 90 minutes, as goals from Grace Damaska and Rachel Corboz ensured a relatively comfortable victory in the end. Marquette was outshot 16-1, while Georgetown equaled its program record by recording win number 16 of the season.

Big Ten

Just when it looked like Rutgers was back in it, Minnesota answered the call.

After the Golden Gophers nursed a 1-0 lead from the 27th minute onwards, Rutgers’ Chantelle Swaby equalized in the 84th minute.

Instead of letting their heads drop, Minnesota answered right away. Emily Heslin scored less than a minute later, providing the winning margin as Minnesota held on for the 1-0 victory and Big Ten tourney crown.

SEC

Senior Brooke Sharp headed home the SEC tournament winning goal, as her overtime strike secured Florida’s 2-1 win over Arkansas in Orange Beach, Ala.

Savannah Jordan and Alexandra Fischer exchanged goals in either half, as the Gators and Razorbacks finished the 90 minutes tied at a goal apiece.

Sharp’s winner claimed Florida’s 12th SEC Tournament crown in 17 appearances.

Automatic Bids

American Athletic: Connecticut

America East: Albany

Atlantic 10: Dayton

Atlantic Sun; Florida Gulf Coast(w)

Big Sky: Eastern Washington

Big South: Liberty

Big West: Long Beach State

Colonial: Northeastern

Conference USA: Charlotte

Horizon League: Northern Kentucky

Ivy League: Harvard

Mid-American: Kent State

MAAC: Monmouth

Missouri Valley: Illinois State

Mountain West: UNLV

Northeast: Saint Francis (PA)

Ohio Valley: SIUE

Pac-12: Stanford

Patriot League: Bucknell

Sun Belt: South Alabama

Southern: Samford

Summit League: UNLV

Southland: Houston Baptist

SWAC: Alabama State

WAC: Seattle

WCC: Pepperdine

 
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