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NCAA women's draw winners and losers
by Paul Kennedy, November 10th, 2009 12:09AM
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[COLLEGE] Here's a look at some of the winners and losers on Decision Day, the day the NCAA Division I women's soccer committee announced its selections for the 64-team field.

* JUMPING FOR JOY: Teams happy to get at-large bids included:
-- Arizona State was 2-6-1 in the Pac-10 but got an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament;
-- Connecticut is back in the NCAA field following a one-year hiatus. The Huskies got in despite losing in the first round of the Big East Tournament;
-- Duke got in with an 8-8-4 record, the bare minimum record to be eligible for consideration;
-- Michigan State is the lowest ranked team (No. 56) in last week's RPI Index to get a bid.

* UNHAPPY CAMPERS: Teams disappointed not to get a shout-out on the ESPN News selection show included:
-- Colorado College is the highest ranked team (No. 32) in last week's RPI Index not to get a bid;
-- Missouri was the Big 12 regular-season champion;
-- Charlotte had a 14-game unbeaten streak snapped when it lost to Dayton in the Atlantic-10 final;
-- Minnesota finished tied for third in the Big 10 and 12-5-3 overall.

* FIRST-TIMERS: Nine teams are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament:
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Boise State
Central Michigan
Murray State
UNC Wilmington
Southeastern Louisiana
St. John's

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