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.