MU women seeded in NCAA

Snubbed by the big dance, Tiger men will play Michigan in the NIT
Monday, March 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:43 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008

Spring in Arizona is not just for baseball anymore.

The Missouri women’s basketball team is heading to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Stanford on Saturday in the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament.

The women’s team was at the house of coach Cindy Stein when the announcement was made.

“Everyone was thrilled to death,” Stein said. “That is a routine we want, to have everyone at my house on selection Sunday watching our name appear on that board; that is the best feeling in the world.”

The Missouri men’s basketball team had mixed feelings about its postseason fate. The team did not make the men’s NCAA tournament for the first time in five years after finishing 16-13 and accepted a bid to the National Invitation Tournament.

The MU men play Michigan in the first round at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“Everybody, I think, in college basketball at the beginning of the year, their goal is to make the NCAA tournament and to win the national championship,” men’s coach Quin Snyder said. “We’re no different. When that opportunity is not available to you, you have another opportunity. That’s where we find ourselves right now.”

The Missouri women’s basketball team, which is a No. 11 seed in the tournament, finished the regular season with three straight victories.

The women’s team defeated Oklahoma State 75-52 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament before losing 79-58 Wednesday to Kansas State for a 17-12 record.

The Stanford Cardinal (24-6) are no strangers to the NCAA tournament. The No. 6 seed enters its 17th straight NCAA tournament and were the PAC-10 regular-season and tournament champion.

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