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Seahawks Host Eagles In WNIT Monday

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/20/2011
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Senior Brittany Blackwell and the Seahawks host Eastern Michigan in the second round of the Postseason WNIT Monday at Trask Coliseum
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Senior Brittany Blackwell and the Seahawks host Eastern Michigan in the second round of the Postseason WNIT Monday at Trask Coliseum

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNC Wilmington women's basketball team looks to continue its historic season Monday as it hosts Eastern Michigan in the second round of the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament at Trask Coliseum.

Tip-off for the Seahawks and Eagles is set for 7 p.m. General admission tickets are available for $5 for adults, $4 for children 17 and under. UNCW students will be admitted to the game for free.

Fans unable to make it to the game can watch for free on Hawkvision. The broadcast can be accessed by clicking on the Hawkvision link above. Live stats are also available for the game and can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link above.  

The Seahawks (24-8), making their first postseason appearance in program history, advanced to the second round of the Postseason WNIT with a 63-54 victory at former conference foe Richmond on March 17. Senior Brittany Blackwell led five Seahawks in double figures with 14 points as senior Martha White, junior Kristen Hanzer, sophomore Jessica Freeman and freshman Alisha Andrews all chipped 10 points apiece in the balanced effort. UNCW also took advantage of a season-high 31 Richmond turnovers as it scored 25 points off of Spider miscues on its way to the nine-point victory.

Making its second straight and fifth overall appearance in the WNIT, Eastern Michigan (23-12) enters Monday's tilt having won five of its last six contests following a 67-59 win over Michigan in the first round last Thursday. First-team All-MAC selection junior Tavelyn James paces the Eagles attack with a team-high 17.6 points per contest while senior Cassie Schrock is second (14.5) and Sydney Huntley (11.2) is third. Schrock also paces the team in assists (5.7) and rebounding (7.1) as she is the only player in the Mid-American Conference to rank in the top 11 in all three categories.  

Monday's contest marks the first meeting between UNCW and Eastern Michigan. The Seahawks are 1-0 against schools from the MAC this season as they defeated Ohio, 62-53, in non-conference play in December. The Eagles did not face a Colonial Athletic Association school during the 2010-11 regular season.

The winner of Monday's contest advances to the third round, where they will face the winner of the St. Bonaventure vs. Syracuse second-round contest. Location and game time for the contest will be announced upon the completion of the second round on Monday.


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