Teams: American (22-9) at Seton Hall (18-13)
Date and Location: Thursday, Mar. 20, 7 p.m.
The American University women's basketball team will travel to South Orange, N.J. for the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 7 p.m.
American (22-9) secured an at-large bid in the WNIT following a 68-66 loss in the Patriot League Semifinals at Army. Four Eagles reached double-figures in the game. Geleisa George and Michelle Holmes led the team with 12 points apiece while Alexis Dobbs added 11 points and Sarah Kiely scored 10. Arron Zimmerman matched her career-high with 12 rebounds and Dobbs dished out five assists.
Dobbs and Zimmerman have led the Eagles in scoring this season, with Dobbs averaging a team-best 13.0 points per game and Zimmerman posting 10.2 ppg. Kiely leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per game and Dobbs finished the season third in the Patriot League in steals (1.5 per game) and fifth in the conference with 4.4 assists per game.
Seton Hall enters the WNIT after posting an 18-13 mark on the year. The Pirates fought back from a 10-point deficit but couldn't hold off St. John's as it fell, 66-60, in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals. Alexis Brown and Ka-Deidre Simmons led Seton Hall with 16 points apiece in the loss. Janee Johnson posted a team-high nine boards to go along with nine points but the Red Storm held a 35-31 edge on the glass. The Pirates shot 40.4 percent from the floor but went 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the game.
Simmons was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team and ranks second on the team with 16.6 ppg. She has also added a team-best 5.1 apg and is second with 2.1 spg. Tabatha Richardson-Smith was recognized as the conference's Most Improved Player and was named to the Second Team after leading Seton Hall with 16.8 ppg and 2.5 spg while adding 5.8 rpg and 1.3 apg. Sidney Cook was honored on the All-Freshman Team after averaging 6.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg this season.
The two teams have met once previously in 2005 at the Florida International Invitational where the Pirates picked up a 64-53 victory.
American's appearance will be its sixth in the WNIT and is its first at-large bid. The Eagles last appeared in the tournament in 2012, suffering a first round loss at Villanova, 58-39.
Tickets are available for $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and seniors and $4 for any AU student with a student ID and can be purchased by clicking here.