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Seahawks To Host Mountaineers In WNIT

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/13/2012
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The UNCW women's basketball team accepted an at-large bid to the Postseason WNIT on Monday and will host Appalachian State in the first round Thursday
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The UNCW women's basketball team accepted an at-large bid to the Postseason WNIT on Monday and will host Appalachian State in the first round Thursday
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team makes its second consecutive post-season appearance Thursday when Appalachian State visits Trask Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip-off in the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).

The Seahawks open the 64-team event with a home contest against the Mountaineers of the Southern Conference. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and may be purchased on-line or by visiting the UNCW Athletic Ticket Office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks are one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams that will participate in the post-season WNIT. Drexel travels to Fairfield and VCU heads to Bowling Green Wednesday, while Hofstra hosts Harvard and James Madison entertains Davidson on Thursday.

"We are excited to accept an at-large invitation to the postseason WNIT," said UNCW Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. "The girls have worked extremely hard all season to achieve this goal and to earn an invitation to a postseason tournament is a tremendous honor and accomplishment. We look forward to the challenge of competing for the Postseason WNIT title, beginning with our contest Thursday at home against Appalachian State."

UNCW enters postseason play with a 20-12 overall record following its loss to eventual champion Delaware in the semifinals of the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship on Saturday. Sophomore Alisha Andrews, who leads the team in scoring (12.2), assists (4.8) and steals (2.7), was a Second-Team All-CAA and All-Defensive team selection while classmate Abria Trice was an All-Tournament Team honoree at the CAA Championship last weekend.

Appalachian State begins the postseason with a 25-6 mark after falling in the Southern Conference Championship to Samford on March 5. The Mountaineers are led by junior Anna Freeman, the SoCon Player-of-the-Year, who led the league in scoring (15.1), free-throw percentage (.875) and steals (3.6) while also ranking second on the circuit in blocks (2.1).

In its 15th season, the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament began as a 16-team event in 1998 and expanded to its current 64-team format in 2010. The tournament is a single-elimination event with all games played at sites of host schools. Past winners of the event include California, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.


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