Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grambling Lady Tigers Draw Ole Miss for First Round of WNIT

GRAMBLING, Louisiana – On Monday night, the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) announced the field of teams that will participate in the yearly basketball event.

The Grambling State University Lady Tiger basketball team (18-14) was informed the team would be facing the Southeastern Conference representative, the University of Mississippi on Thursday, March 16 in Oxford, Miss.

Grambling comes into the game after a loss in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship to Texas Southern University, 70-66. Ole Miss enters with an overall record of 17-13.

Game time and ticket prices for the contest will be announced later.

The 64-team tournament is a single-elimination event with all games played at sites of host schools. The WNIT is committed to offering deserved opportunities to women's basketball programs, and the 2017 Postseason WNIT features a full 64-team bracket.

First-round games will be held March 15-17 while the second round runs March 18-21. Round 3 is slated to begin March 22 and run through the 24th. Round 4 is March 25-27 with the WNIT semifinals set for March 29-30.

The WNIT Championship Game will be played at 3 p.m. ET on April 1 and air live on CBS Sports Network. Thad Anderson (play-by-play)) and Ceal Barry (analyst) will call the game.

The field will consist of 32 automatic berths -- one from each conference -- and 32 at-large teams. The intention of the WNIT selection committee is to select the 32 best available at-large teams in the nation. At-large teams must have a .500 overall record or better to be considered.


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