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Originally published Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM

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Stability creates success for mid-major programs

Coaching stability has helped several mid-major women's basketball programs make going to the NCAA tournament almost an annual tradition.

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Coaching stability has helped several mid-major women's basketball programs make going to the NCAA tournament almost an annual tradition.

Schools such as Marist and Liberty often keep their staffs intact and run the same system each year. While they can't recruit a Brittney Griner or Skylar Diggins, they recruit players who fit their systems - and who run them effectively.

Marist is making its eighth straight appearance. Liberty is making its 15th trip in the last 17 seasons, while Gonzaga is making its fifth straight appearance. Middle Tennessee is back for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Chattanooga earned its ninth bid in the last 13 years.

And these schools are not just happy to there. They occasionally do some damage.

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