EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — The DePaul women’s team streak of 17 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament has come to an end.

But Northwestern is in the tourney for first time since 2015.

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The Wildcats women’s team are in as a No. 7 seed, and they’ll face Central Florida in the opening round next Monday.

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Coach Joe McKeown noted that Northwestern was on track for a trip to the tourney last year – but suddenly because of COVID-19, there was no tourney.

“We had a great team last year; were probably going to be a two- or three-seed play at home, and you know, COVID took that away, so to turn around and be right back here, you know, a year later, is really special,” McKeown said.

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“This is it. If you lose a game you’re out and the season’s over,” said Northwestern senior guard Lindsey Pulliam. “So I think it’s just going to take us being focused on us, and not really who we’re playing.”

CBS 2 Chicago Staff