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.READ MORE: Naperville District 203 Among Suburban High Schools Dealing With Spikes In COVID-19
The Wildcats women’s team are in as a No. 7 seed, and they’ll face Central Florida in the opening round next Monday.READ MORE: Loretto Hospital Gets COVID Vaccine Again, Following Controversy Over Non-Eligible People Getting Shots
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.MORE NEWS: Uber Reminding Riders Masks Are Still Required; Mask Enforcement Tips Sent To Drivers
“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.”