For the first time ever in program history the Wichita State women are Missouri Valley Conference tournament champions. That means, also for the first time ever, the Shocker ladies have earned a berth to the NCAA tournament.
Wichita State beat Illinois State 69-65 on Sunday afternoon to earn the Valley's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Michaela Dapprich was hot early for the Shockers and she would finished with 19 points. Alex Harden matched that point total to help pace the Shockers. Overall, four different Shockers finished in double-digits scoring. Jessica Diamond was one of those 4, scoring 11 points off the bench including a clutch free throw in the final seconds of the game to help seal the win.
Wichita State was able to hold off the Redbirds despite a solid game from guard Jamie Russell who had 27 points in the finals.
Wichita State's last appearance in the MVC championship game was in 1997 when they were a 7 seed. This year they were the #1 seed after earning a share of the regular season conference title.
The Shockers are led by the Missouri Valley's Coach of the year, Jody Adams. She's the first Wichita State coach to earn that honor since Daryl Smith won it in 2000.
The 2013 NCAA women's selection show will be held Monday night at 6pm on ESPN.