Women's Basketball Earns WNIT Bid; Heads to Seton Hall Thursday
The American University women’s basketball team received a bid to the 2014 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), the organization announced Monday night. The Eagles will face Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. on Thursday, Mar. 20.
“We are excited about the WNIT bid and giving our seniors another chance to play,” said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. “It’s the first time in program history that we have had an at-large bid in a postseason tournament. We felt that we earned this opportunity with our body of work and we hope to make the most of this very competitive tournament.”
American finished tied for second in the Patriot League regular season with a mark of 14-4 and finished 22-9 overall, its first 20-win season since 2011-12. The Eagles advanced to the Patriot League Semifinals where it fell to eventual champion Army, 68-55.
American has faced three 2014 NCAA Tournament selections and four 2014 WNIT participants in its regular season. This is the team’s fifth WNIT appearance and its first-ever at-large bid.
Seton Hall finished 18-13 overall this season and went 8-10 in BIG EAST play. The Pirates advanced to the quarterfinals where they fell, 66-60, to St. John’s. Seton Hall had three players recognized by the BIG EAST following the regular season. Ka-Deidre Simmons was named to the First Team, Tabatha Richardson-Smith was honored on the Second Team and named the conference’s Most Improved Player and Sidney Cook was recognized on the All-Freshman Team.
The game will mark the second meeting between American and the Pirates. The previous game between the two squads came in 2005 at the Florida International Tournament with Seton Hall registering a 64-53 victory over American.
Additional details regarding American’s first round game including ticket information will be posted on Wednesday.