The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin announced Wednesday it will expand conference tournaments in volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball from four to six teams beginning with the 2018-19 academic year.
For volleyball, the 2018 conference tournament will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday leading up to the NCAA Tournament field announcement. Beginning in 2019 and beyond, the tournament will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday leading up to the NCAA’s announcement.
For men’s and women’s basketball, beginning in February 2019, the conference tournament will be played on the Tuesday, Friday and Saturday leading up to the NCAA Tournament field announcement. The Nos. 3 and 4 seeds will host the Nos. 6 and 5 seeds, respectively, on Tuesday, with the winners advancing to the site of the No. 1 seed on Friday. Friday’s winners will play for the championship on Saturday at the site of the No. 1 seed.
For baseball, beginning in Spring 2019, the double elimination tournament will be played over a three-day period in the week leading up to the NCAA Tournament announcement. Four games will be played on Day 1, four on Day 2 and either two or three on Day 3.
Tournament winners will earn the CCIW's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Cooke earns weekly award: Illinois State sophomore gymnast Gabrielle Cooke was named the Midwest Independent Conference Performer of the Week for her performance Sunday against Alaska Anchorage.
Cooke had scores of 9.90 and 9.85 in the floor exercise, winning by 0.125. She also won the vault (9.775) and all-around (38.875) and finished second on the bars and beam.
Feehan earns national honor: Eureka College junior guard Shea Feehan was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week.
Feehan had back-to-back 40-point games on the road last week against St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents. He was averaging 32.1 points per game heading into Wednesday night's contest vs. MacMurray. He set the school record last year with a 26.7 average.