March 15, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -
The Richmond women's basketball team will host UNC-Wilmington in the first round of the 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament Thursday at the Robins Center. Game time will be announced Tuesday afternoon.
General admission tickets are $5, UR student admission is free with a valid student ID and UNC-W student tickets are $4 with a valid student ID.
The WNIT consists of a field of 64 teams, with 31 earning automatic berths while 33 teams are chosen at-large. The Postseason WNIT will open with first-round games Wednesday through Friday, March 16-18. The event culminates Saturday, April 2 with the championship. All games are hosted by participating schools.
Richmond ended its regular season with a 18-11 mark, and secured a bye in the 2011 A-10 Tournament for the second time in three seasons.
Senior guard Brittani Shells was named to the All Conference first team and defensive team for the third consecutive year. Richmond was edged by Charlotte, 68-63, in the quarterfinal round of the A-10 Tournament.
Richmond is making its third-straight appearance in postseason play and third consecutive showing in the WNIT. Richmond defeated Delaware in last year's WNIT first round, before falling to Syracuse in the second round.
Richmond is 7-7 all-time in the WNIT and is making its sixth overall appearance and third under head coach Michael Shafer.
The Seahawks hold a 23-8 mark on the season and share five common opponents with the Spiders (Charlotte, ODU, VCU, William and Mary and Towson). UNC-W was eliminated from the CAA Tournament in a semifinal loss to Delaware.
The Spiders and UNC-Wilmington have met 38 times, with Richmond holding a dominating 29-9 edge in the series. Richmond has not played the Seahawks since leaving the CAA in 2001. The two teams' first meeting took place in 1985.
Should the Spiders advance, they will play the winner of the Eastern Michigan/Michigan game to be played Saturday. Four other A-10 schools were selected to the tournament with Duquesne receiving the automatic bid, andCharlotte, St. Bonaventure, and Saint Joseph's each receiving invitations.