Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fairfield Women Draw Drexel in WNIT Tournament

The Fairfield women's basketball team learned late Monday night when and how its season would continue in the Women's National Invitation Tournament with a game Thursday in its on-campus Alumni Hall against Drexel. Game time will be announced later today.

The Stags, now 24-8, will be making their second appearance in the event, which now involves 64 teams, and their first trip to the WNIT in more than a decade. Fairfield already knew it would be part of the event's field by virtue of securing the league's automatic berth after finishing as the MAAC's regular-season runner-up.

Fairfield's last WNIT appearance came in 2000 when it was the MAAC's regular-season title winner, but fell in the post-season tournament's championship game.

Drexel, 18-13 overall, advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association's post-season tournament's championship game before falling to Delaware. Thursday's contest will be the first-ever meeting of Fairfield and Drexel.

The event operates in similar fashion to the NCAA's tournament with 64 teams and automatic berths to 31 teams (one per conference) and, then, a selection of 33 at-large teams.

All games, including the championship contest on Saturday, March 31, are hosted by participating schools.

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