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The WNIT-bound Dukes are playing in the postseason for the seventh straight year.Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball to Play at Home vs. Davidson in WNIT Thursday
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/12/2012

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 12, 2011 -- The James Madison women's basketball team will host Davidson in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday, March 15.  Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes earned the Colonial Athletic Association's automatic berth in the WNIT.  JMU received the automatic qualification for the WNIT as the second-place team in the CAA's regular-season standings.  The WNIT includes each conference's highest-finishing team in the regular season that does not advance to the NCAA Tournament.  (CAA champion and first-place regular-season finisher Delaware received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.)

Davidson has a 22-9 record and finished tied for first with Appalachian State in the Southern Conference regular-season standings with a 17-3 record.  The Wildcats, the top seed in the Southern Conference Tournament, lost 62-51 to fourth-seeded Samford in the league semifinals on March 4.  Samford went on to beat second-seeded Appalachian State 54-43 in the title game.

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The full 64-team WNIT bracket, announced late Monday evening, included four other CAA teams.  Hofstra is hosting Harvard, UNC Wilmington is hosting Appalachian State, Virginia Commonwealth is playing at Bowling Green and Drexel is playing at Fairfield.

First-round games will be played March 14-16, and second-round contests are scheduled for March 17-19.  All games are played at the home facilities of participating schools.

The JMU-Davidson winner plays the Charlotte-Wake Forest winner in the second round.

Automatic bids to the WNIT were given to 31 teams, and there were 33 at-large berths, as chosen by the WNIT selection committee.

The Dukes enter postseason play with a 24-7 record after losing to Drexel in the CAA Tournament semifinals at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., on Saturday..  It's the seventh straight year that JMU has won at least 24 games and has advanced to postseason play.  JMU's seven consecutive postseason tournament appearances include NCAA tournament games in 2007, 2010 and 2011 and WNIT play in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

JMU is making its fifth trip to the WNIT.  In the team's last WNIT appearance, in 2009, the Dukes beat American in the first round before losing at Richmond in the second round.

In 2008 the Dukes posted wins over Radford and Indiana before losing at Kentucky in the WNIT round of 16.  In 2001 JMU advanced to the WNIT semifinals, and in 2006 the Dukes lost at Charlotte in a second-round WNIT game.

First-Round  Pairings
Wednesday, March 14

Cal Poly @ Washington
Northern Colorado @ Colorado
Drexel @ Fairfield

Thursday, March 15

UC Davis @ Oregon State
UNLV @ Saint Mary's
Utah State @ Utah
Eastern Illinois @ Texas Tech
Mississippi Valley State @ Tulane
Central Michigan @ Illinois State
American @ Villanova
Drake @ South Dakota
UMKC @ Missouri State
Chattanooga @ Memphis
Quinnipiac @ Temple
Harvard @ Hofstra
VCU @ Bowling Green
Boston University @ Saint Joseph's
High Point @ NC State
Appalachian State @ UNC Wilmington
Miami-Ohio @ Richmond
Howard @ Virginia
Davidson @ James Madison
Wake Forest @ Charlotte
Stetson @ Florida International
Florida Atlantic @ South Florida

Friday, March 16

Arizona State @ Pacific
CS Northridge @ San Diego
Oral Roberts @ Wichita State
Central Arkansas @ Oklahoma State
Syracuse @ Hartford
Detroit @ Toledo
Duquesne @ Cincinnati

Field of 64 Teams

Automatic Qualifying Berths
American (23-7), Patriot
Boston University (23-8), America East
Bowling Green (24-6), MAC                                      
Cal Poly (17-14), Big West
Central Arkansas (24-6), Southland
Davidson (22-9), Southern
Detroit (20-13), Horizon
Eastern Illinois (22-8), OVC
Fairfield (24-8), MAAC
Florida Atlantic (17-12), Sun Belt
Harvard (17-11), Ivy
High Point (20-12), Big South
Howard (24-8), MEAC
James Madison (24-7), Colonial
Memphis (24-7), Conference USA
Mississippi Valley State (18-13), SWAC
Missouri State (22-8), MVC
Northern Colorado (20-11), Big Sky
Oral Roberts (20-10), Summit
Quinnipiac (22-9), Northeast  
San Diego (22-8), WCC
South Florida (17-15), Big East                                  
Stetson (23-10), Atlantic Sun
Temple (21-9), Atlantic 10
UNLV (22-9), Mountain West
Utah State (21-9), WAC

At-Large Berths
Appalachian State (25-6), Southern
Arizona State (20-11), Pac-12
Cal State Northridge (17-13), Big West
Central Michigan (20-15), MAC
Charlotte (16-13), Atlantic 10
Chattanooga (22-9), Southern
Cincinnati (15-15), Big East
Colorado (18-13), Pac-12
Drake (18-15), MVC 
Drexel (18-13), Colonial
Duquesne (20-11), Atlantic 10
Florida International (22-10), Sun Belt
Hartford (19-12), America East
Hofstra (19-11), Colonial
Illinois State (18-12), MVC
Miami (OH) (21-9), MAC 
North Carolina State (18-15), ACC
Oklahoma State (16-12), Big 12
Oregon State (18-12), Pac-12 
Pacific (17-13), Big West
Richmond (22-8), Atlantic 10
Saint Joseph's (21-10), Atlantic 10
Saint Mary's (21-10), WCC
South Dakota (22-7), Summit
Syracuse (18-14), Big East
Texas Tech (19-13), Big 12
Toledo (21-9), MAC
Tulane (22-10), Conference USA
UC Davis (17-12), Big West
UMKC (22-11), Summit
UNC Wilmington (20-12), Colonial
Utah (15-15), Pac-12
Villanova (17-14), Big East
Virginia (22-10), ACC
VCU (17-14), Colonial
Wake Forest (19-13), ACC
Washington (17-13), Pac-12
Wichita State (19-12), MVC

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