2020 Summit League women's basketball tournament: Matchups players to know & more

The 2020 Summit League Conference women’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The tournament is set to begin March 7 and run through March 10, taking place at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Eight of the league’s nine teams made the tournament.

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Here is the schedule of the Summit tournament.

MARCH 7 – FIRST ROUND

No. 1 South Dakota def. Omaha, 99-40.

No. 2 South Dakota State def. No. 7 North Dakota, 72-43.

MARCH 8 – FIRST ROUND

No. 4 Oral Roberts def. No. 5 Western Illinois, 74-66.

No. 6 North Dakota State def. No. 3 Denver, 72-68.

MARCH 9 – SEMIFINALS

No. 1 South Dakota def. No. 4 Oral Roberts, 65-43.

No. 2 South Dakota State def. No. 6 North Dakota State, 76-56.

MARCH 10 – CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 1 South Dakota def. No. 2 South Dakota State, 63-58.

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SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

5 PLAYERS TO KNOW

CIARA DUFFY, SOUTH DAKOTA: Ciara Duffy was named Summit League Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season. Duffy averaged 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists in his senior season.

PAITON BURKHARD, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE: Paiton Burkhard received All-Conference honors during the 2019-20 season. She averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds during the season.

OLIVIA KAUFMANN, WESTERN ILLINOIS: Olivia Kauffman averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during the 2019-20 season, earning All-Conference honors. She enters the Summit tournament on a two-game 20-point scoring streak.

KENI JO LIPPE, ORAL ROBERTS: Keni Jo Lippe helped Oral Roberts to a No. 4 seed in the Summit League tournament. She averaged 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 2019-20.

MADISON NELSON, DENVER: Madison Nelson and Denver were good enough to earn the No. 4 seed. She averaged a double-double during the regular season – 19.3 points and 11.5 rebounds.

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2019 CHAMPION

South Dakota State is the defending champion and looking for its 10th title in 12 seasons.