Mid-majors in Wichita look to make statement

By Murray Evans

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 19 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Michigan State forward Cetera Washington answers a question during a news conference before practicing for their first round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Wichita, Kan.

Orlin Wagner, Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. — Three mid-majors opening the NCAA tournament in Wichita hope to prove they deserved consideration for higher seeds.

At 32-1, Wisconsin-Green Bay matches perennial power Connecticut for the best record in Division I women's basketball, but that translated only to a No. 5 seed.

Arkansas-Little Rock, Green Bay's first-round tournament opponent, can commisserate. The Trojans were 26-5 last season, sweated out an at-large bid and received a No. 11 seed before beating major-conference foe Georgia Tech, and is a No. 12 seed this time around.

Throw in No. 13 seed Northern Iowa, which will take a 19-game winning streak into its game Sunday against fourth-seeded Michigan State, and that makes a full house of mid-major programs who can't seem to catch a seeding break come tournament time.

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