EMU women's basketball team gets postseason bid to WNIT; plays Kentucky March 18
YPSILANTI - For the first time in school history, Eastern Michigan University’s women’s basketball team will compete in the postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), sponsored by Sportsview.tv.
The WNIT is an annual postseason women’s college basketball tournament involving 32 of the nation’s top Division I teams. The tournament is a single-elimination format with all games played at the site of a host school.
The Eagles, who posted their second consecutive 20-win season with a 23-7 record, travel to the University of Kentucky (15-15) Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. for their first-round game. The winner of the EMU-UK contest will face the winner of Villanova vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga. The championship will be played March 30-April 1.
“We’re excited to still be playing in March and that this is the second straight year we’ve been in the postseason,” said EMU head coach Suzy Merchant, in her seventh season.
This will be the first meeting between EMU and the Kentucky Wildcats. EMU is 1-1 versus teams from the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky is 32-6 versus teams from the Mid-American Conference.
EMU finished fourth in the 2005 Mid-American Conference Tournament, losing to eventual champion Bowling Green. Kentucky, who finished 4-10 in the SEC, lost in the first round of their conference tournament.
EMU is lead by senior Ryan Coleman (17.4 points per game) and junior Nikki Knapp (14 points per game).
The Cats’ roster features three seniors, including Sara Potts, who leads the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game and ranks among the SEC’s best in three-point shooting.
Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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