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Western Carolina Lady Catamounts to Host East Tennessee State Thursday in Women's NIT

March 12, 2007

2007 Postseason WNIT Bracket
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Cullowhee, N.C. - Regular season Southern Conference champion Western Carolina (23-9) will host former SoCon-foe, East Tennessee State (20-11) this Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Ramsey Center in the first round of the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The announcement came just after 11:30 pm on Monday night following the NCAA selection process.


Western Carolina vs. East Tennessee State - First Round WNIT Game Notes

Western earned the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the postseason tournament, with East Tennessee State, now a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, capturing its league nod. Both the Catamounts and Bucs lost in their tournament final last Saturday.

The winner of the WCU-ETSU match-up will face the Virginia Tech Hokies and former Western Carolina head coach Beth Dunkenberger in the second round.

Both WCU and ETSU enter the WNIT amidst their respective program's third 20-win season all-time. The two schools have met on the hardwood 59 times previously, with ETSU holding a 19-40 record all-time. Western won the last meeting, 65-60, in Cullowhee on Feb. 7, 2005. Western has won 15 of its last 17 games, while ETSU has been victorious in eight of its last 10 games.

For the first time, each of the nation's 31 conferences will be represented in the WNIT as the tournament expanded to 48 teams this year to accommodate an automatic berth for each of the conferences.

In addition to Western, the Southern Conference garnered two WNIT bids as the third-place Davidson Wildcats earned an at-large bid to the post-season tournament and will travel to Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday.

Here are the 48 teams in the tournament:

Automatic Berths Ball State (Mid American)
Bucknell (Patriot)
Charlotte (Atlantic 10)
Coppin State (Mid-Eastern)
Dartmouth (Ivy)
East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
Hartford (America East)
High Point (Big South)
Hofstra (Colonial)
Illinois (Big Ten)
Illinois Chicago (Horizon)
Iona (Metro Atlantic)
Jackson State (Southwestern)
Long Island (Northeast)
Mississippi State (SEC)
Missouri (Big 12)
Montana (Big Sky)
Murray State (Ohio Valley)
Nevada (Western Athletic)
Oakland (Mid Continent)
Oregon (Pacific 10)
San Diego (West Coast)
South Florida (Big East)
Southern Illinois (Missouri Valley)
Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
UC Santa Barbara (Big West)
Tulane (Conference USA)
Virginia Tech (ACC)
Western Carolina (Southern)
Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
Wyoming (Mountain West)

At-Large Berths:
Arkansas State
Illinois State
Kansas State
Seton Hall
South Carolina
South Dakota State
St. Joseph's

First Round (times TBD)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Illinois Chicago at Minnesota
Montana at Utah
Jackson State at Tulane

Thursday, March 15 (times TBD)
Nevada at Wyoming
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego
Long Island at Iona
Rice at Illinois State
East Tennessee State at Western Carolina, 7:00 pm
Davidson at Alabama-Birmingham
Kentucky at Oakland
Stephen F. Austin at Southern Illinois
Murray State at Arkansas State
High Point at Charlotte
Coppin State at St. Joseph's
Bucknell at Hartford
Dartmouth at Seton Hall

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