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Butler, Wright State carry Horizon League banner into NCAA Championship

Release  Horizon League · March 11, 2007

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March 11, 2007

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- For the first time in four years, the Horizon League has two entries in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Regular-season co-champions Butler University and Wright State University represent the League at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., with the fifth-seeded Bulldogs of BU opening Midwest Region play Thursday versus 12th seed Old Dominion University (24-8). Wright State (23-9), which earned the automatic berth by defeating Butler 60-55 in the final of the Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship last Tuesday (March 6), carries a No. 14 seed into its West Regional game Thursday versus third seed University of Pittsburgh (27-7).

Butler enters the national summit with a 27-6 overall record, including a 13-3 League ledger. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the League's preseason poll, but gained national attention in November by winning the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. Butler opened with victories over in-state rivals University of Notre Dame and Indiana University, then knocked off top-25 teams University of Tennessee and Gonzaga University to claim the crown.

Butler quickly moved into the top 25 on its own, and subsequently became the first team in Horizon League history to enter the national top ten when the AP voters installed BU as their No. 10 team and the ESPN/USAToday coaches' poll voters put Butler ninth in their rankings. Coach Todd Lickliter's Bulldogs rank seventh among the national leaders in scoring defense---holding opponents to 57.2 points per game---and top the NCAA Division I charts with an average of 9.4 turnovers per contest.

UW-Green Bay captures Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship with 91-64 victory over Butler

Release  Horizon League · March 11, 2007

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March 11, 2007

No. 1 UW-Green Bay 91, No. 3 Butler 64 - Box Score | Championship Gallery

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Nicole Soulis scored 21 points and Amanda Popp added 18 to help No. 22 UW-Green Bay cruise by Butler, 91-64, on Sunday in the Horizon League championship game.

The Phoenix (28-3) has won 25-straight games and has made the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in 10 seasons.

UW-Green Bay took an early 13-0 lead en route to its season-high point total and never looked back. The Bulldogs (16-15), who played in the League championship game for the first time since 1997-98, have lost 22-straight games to the Phoenix since 1999.

UW-Green Bay Defetas UW-Milwaukee In OT, 84-79

Release  Horizon League · March 10, 2007

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March 9, 2007

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Natalie Berglin scored 21 points, Nicole Soulis added 19 and No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 84-79 in overtime in a Horizon League tournament semifinal Friday night.

The Phoenix (27-3), who went undefeated in Horizon League play this season, opened overtime on a 7-2 run and never trailed in the extra period in extending their winning streak to 24 games.

They advance to the Horizon League final Sunday against Butler, which knocked off second-seed Illinois-Chicago in the other semifinal, also in overtime.

Butler's Scott Overall Earns All-America Recognition at 2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Release  Horizon League · March 10, 2007

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March 10, 2007

Senior Scott Overallbecame Butler's first indoor track and field All-American with a sixth place finish in the mile run at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday (March 10). The All-America performance came one night after Overall set a Butler record in the indoor mile in the event prelims.

Overall crossed the finish line in the mile run in 4:01.25, just 0:00.01 behind Pablo Solares of Rice in fifth place. Leonel Manzano of Texas won the race in 3:59.90. One night earlier, Overall posted a school-record time of 4:00.52 in the mile prelims.

Overall was slated to also compete in the 3,000 meter run, which started less than 90 minutes after the completion of the mile run, but he dropped out of the race.

Story provided by Butler Sports Information

Honors Continue to Pour in For League

Release  Horizon League · March 9, 2007

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March 9, 2007

Wright State's Duggins named to collegehoops.net freshman honor roll

Dayton, Ohio - Vaughn Duggins, a 6-3 guard for the Wright State men's basketball team, has been named to the High Major Freshman Team by Collegehoops.net.

The Indiana native was second on the team in scoring at 8.9 points per game as well as assists (82) and steals (27). He helped lead the Raiders to their best Division I season (23-9) and their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. Duggins missed one start of the 32 games due to senior night while averaging more than 32 minutes a game. He registered 11 double-figure scoring games, including career-high 16 points against Marist.

The Raiders, champions of the Horizon League, await the NCAA Selection Show Sunday night to find out where and what team they will play in the first round of the NCAA Touranment.

UW-Milwaukee Rallies To Top Wright State In OT, 83-79

Release  Horizon League · March 8, 2007

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March 8, 2007

Final Stats

Game recap courtesy of uwmpanthers.com

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 7, 2007) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team overcame an early 23-4 deficit for an 83-79 overtime victory over Wright State in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament Wednesday night at the Klotsche Center.

The Panthers (15-15) now advance to the semifinals Friday, where they will face top-seeded UW-Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

UW-Green Bay Tops Detroit, 81-58, In Horizon League Quarterfinals

Release  Horizon League · March 8, 2007

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March 8, 2007

Final Stats

Game recap courtesy of uwgbathletics.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball team (26-3) overcame a dismal night in turnovers and rebounds with sound field goal shooting and tough defense as the Phoenix defeated Detroit 81-58 in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Horizon League Championship. With the win, the Phoenix will host the remainder of the tournament, with semifinal action on Friday and Sunday's title game.

Amanda Popp led the way with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Rachel Porath added a career-tying high 17 points, all in the first half. Natalie Berglin also reached double figures with 10 points.

Butler's Scott Overall to compete at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Release  Horizon League · March 8, 2007

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March 8, 2007

Butler's Scott Overall will have two shots at All-American status when he competes in the 2007 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10. The senior standout is entered in both the mile run and the 3,000 meter run at the national meet, which will be hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Overall posted a seed time of 4:01.67 in the mile run. He'll compete in the mile prelims on Friday (March 9) at 7:05 p.m. (CDT). The mile finals are on Saturday (March 10) at 6:25 p.m.

The 3,000 meter run is set for Saturday at 7:50 p.m. Overall posted a top time of 7:55.36 in that event back on Feb. 3.

The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America recognition. Overall is bidding to become Butler's first All-American in indoor track and field.

Tennis Weekly Release #7

Release  Horizon League · March 8, 2007

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Holy Cross Earns Automatic Tourney Bid With Win Over American, 56-48

Release  Horizon League · March 7, 2007

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March 7, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Bethany O'Dell scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, to rally Holy Cross to a 56-48 victory over American in the Patriot League tournament championship game for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Kaitlin Foley added 14 points and 15 rebounds for Holy Cross (15-17). The Crusaders trailed 29-19 at the half, but O'Dell and Brianna McFadden, who finished with 14 points, made back-to-back field goals to start a 14-4 run.

Liz Hayes led American (13-19) with 14 points.

A 3-pointer from O'Dell, who made five 3-pointers in the second half and six of 12 overall, tied the game at 33 with 14:01 remaining.

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