Six CAA Teams Earned A Spot In The WBB Postseason
RICHMOND, Va. (March 12, 2012) - The Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware was selected as the three-seed in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Delaware captured its first CAA crown on Sunday to earn the conference's automatic bid, while Drexel, Hofstra, James Madison, UNCW, and VCU have been selected for the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
For the seventh consecutive season at least three CAA teams advanced to the postseason and for third straight year at least six teams advanced to the postseason. It's also the 12th consecutive season the CAA will have a representative in the WNIT, as the CAA is just one of three conferences to see five teams in the postseason tournament. The Pac-12 and Atlantic 10 also saw five conference teams advance to the postseason event.
The seventh-ranked Blue Hens (30-1) will face 14-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be played in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sunday, March 18 and is part of the Des Moines Regional. Tip-off for the contest is approximately 5:20 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The winner advances to a March 20 second-round game and will play the winner of 6th-seeded Nebraska and 11th-seeded Kansas.
Delaware's NCAA tournament appearance will be the Blue Hens' third overall trip and first since 2007. The Blue Hens earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 59-43 victory over third-seeded Drexel in the CAA Championship game on Sunday. Delaware will enter postseason play with an impressive 30-1 record. Delaware became the first CAA team to win 30 games in a season since Old Dominion went 31-5 in 2008 when the Lady Monarchs advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The ODU 1996-97 squad also finished with 30+ wins at 34-2 and advanced to the NCAA Championship game.
Arkansas-Little Rock (20-12) earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year after winning its second straight Sun Belt Conference title. The Trojans enter the Big Dance on a seven-game winning streak. The 17th-ranked Nebraska Huskers (24-8) earned a No. 6 seed and will face No. 11 seed Kansas (19-12) in the other first round contest at the Little Rock, Ark., site.
James Madison (24-7), which earned the league's automatic bid to the WNIT, will host Davidson (22-9) in the opening round of the tournament. The Dukes will host the Wildcats on Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center. Drexel (18-13) will open postseason play on Wednesday when they travel to play Fairfield (24-8). Hofstra (19-11) and UNCW (20-12) will host Harvard (17-11) and Appalachian State (25-6), respectively, on Thursday evening. VCU (17-14) will travel to play Bowling Green (24-5) for a Thursday evening match-up. Times for all games will be announced on Tuesday. All second round sites, dates and times will be announced at a later time.
James Madison, which has won at least 24 games seven straight years, is making its seventh straight postseason appearance. The Dukes had also made appearances in the WNIT in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Drexel is making its third straight WNIT appearance and fourth straight postseason berth. Hofstra previously earned trips to the WNIT in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2009-10. Hofstra has won at least one game in each of its three previous trips, including advancing to the quarterfinals during the 2009-10 campaign. The Seahawks, who are making their second straight postseason appearance, went 1-1 last season in the WNIT advancing to the second round. VCU is making its fifth straight postseason appearance and has gone 3-3 in the WNIT postseason tournament.