YSU women get automatic bid to WNIT; Brown honored

YOUNGSTOWN – Green Bay did Youngstown State a favor Sunday by beating Loyola in the Horizon League title game.

The top-seeded Phoenix gave second-seeded YSU one of 31 automatic bids into the WNIT Tournament. The highest-seeded team from each conference, that didn’t get an NCAA Tournament selection, gets a WNIT bid.

YSU (22-9) will have a gathering at Cassese’s MVR at 10:30 p.m., tonight to see who it will play in the WNIT.

Fans are invited to attend as the tournament bracket will be announced between 11 p.m. and midnight on www.womensnit.com.

This is YSU’s first postseason berth since advancing to the NCAA Tournament during the 1999-2000 season.

The Penguins put in a bid to host a first-round game, which costs $6,500 – as compared to the $35,000 the men are paying to host Tuesday’s first-round CollegeInsider.com game against Oakland.

Meanwhile, YSU senior and Horizon League Player of the Year Brandi Brown was named to the league’s all-tournament team.

Brown had the highest scoring game of the tournament with 31 points in the Penguins’ 69-62 victory over Cleveland State in the quarterfinals. She also had 13 rebounds against the Vikings, and she had 11 points and 11 rebounds in YSU’s loss to Loyola in the semifinals.

Brown is the first Penguin to earn conference all-tournament team honors since Brianne Kenneally and Jen Lyden were on the Mid-Continent Conference All-Tournament Team in 2000.