ETSU earns first non-conference postseason appearance since 2009-10; will face Wolfpack in first-ever meeting
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (March 16, 2015) – On Monday evening, the ETSU women’s basketball team was named one of 32 automatic qualifiers for the 2015 Women’s National Invitation Postseason Tournament (WNIT) and will host at-large selection North Carolina State on Thursday, March 19, inside Brooks Gym. Game time will be released on Tuesday.
This selection marks the Bucs’ first appearance in a non-league postseason tournament since 2009-10 when the team fell to Xavier in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. ETSU last played in the WNIT in 2007 when it was defeated by Western Carolina in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The program is 1-2 all-time in this postseason tournament, but will host its first-ever postseason WNIT contest on Thursday.
After compiling a 21-11 overall record and finishing runner-up in the Southern Conference to Chattanooga in both the regular season and postseason conference championship, ETSU earned automatic qualifier distinction. In summary, the Bucs were offered an automatic berth in the postseason WNIT by being the highest-finishing team in its conference’s regular-season standings that was not selected for this year’s NCAA Tournament. In total, there are 32 automatic bids for the WNIT and 32 at-large selections.
NC State was picked as an at-large selection for the WNIT after compiling a 16-14 overall record and finishing 10th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference. This will be the first-ever matchup between the two teams.
The dates for the 64-team tournament are as follows:
Round 1: March 18-20
Round 2: March 21-24
Round 3: March 25-27
Quarterfinals: March 28-30
Semifinals: April 1-2
Championship: April 4 (3 p.m. ET start)
All games are in single-elimination format. Additional information about the postseason WNIT can be accessed here.
The Bucs have experienced a remarkable turnaround in 2014-15; going from a 9-21 overall record in 2013-14 to 21 wins this year. This win total improvement is second-best in the country this season, behind only Ohio who currently holds a 16-game win progression. The Blue & Gold is only two wins away from tying a program record for victories in a season which was accomplished in 2009-10.
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