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ECU women get WNIT invite

By Brian North
Published On: Mar 17 2014 10:48:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 17 2014 10:48:33 PM CDT
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GREENVILLE -

This is a news release from East Carolina University:

For the first time in program history the East Carolina women’s basketball team has reached the postseason in back-to-back years after accepting an invitation to compete in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The announcement was made Monday night by the WNIT.

East Carolina earned an at-large bid and will travel to Washington, D.C., to take on George Washington in the first round of the WNIT on Wednesday, March 19. Tip-off time is yet to be determined.

The Pirates have seen action in the WNIT in 2010 and 2013, compiling a record of 1-2. In their first-ever appearance, East Carolina defeated Drexel, 78-76, in overtime in the first round before falling to Maryland, 87-52. Last season, ECU dropped an 88-77 overtime contest to Western Kentucky in the first round.

The field of 64 includes 32 teams that earned an automatic berth and 32 teams that were chosen at-large. The WNIT opens with first round games Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21. The event culminates Saturday, April 5 with the championship game which will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. All games are hosted by participating schools.

The Pirates concluded the regular season with a 22-8 overall record and finished Conference USA action with a 10-6 mark. East Carolina tallied back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1986 and is just two victories away from tying the program’s all-time wins record.

George Washington will make its first postseason appearance since 2009 after finishing the season with a 21-10 overall record. The Colonials capped off the year in a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 standings with an 11-5 league record.

East Carolina and George Washington will meet for the fourth time in program history and the Colonials lead the all-time series 2-1. The last time the two teams met was in 2005, when George Washington rolled over the Pirates, 67-34, in Washington, D.C. ECU’s only win over the Colonials came on November 20, 1983, when they defeated George Washington, 64-57, in Greenville.