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Central Arkansas receives bid to 2011 Women's Basketball Invitational

MILWAUKEE, WI (WBI) — Sixteen teams from across the country help highlight the field as
Sport Tours International, Inc., announces the 2011 Women's Basketball Invitational
pairings. The 16-team event begins with first round games on campus sites Wednesday,
Mar. 16 and Thursday, Mar. 17.

In the West region, #1 seed Cleveland State takes a 20-11 record to face fellow 20-win
team IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. IPFW, the #8 seed, gets to host the game due to a
conflict at CSU. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 16. In a battle of Illinois mid-
major powers #5 Chicago State will travel to #4 seed Eastern Illinois. The 17-win Cougars
will face th 18-win Panthers at 6 p.m. on Mar. 16.

"We are really excited to have these 16 teams in our second annual WBI," Executive
Director Emily Bauer said. "We have a great mix of teams from all over the country and
a lot of these teams are deserving of postseason play. There is so much quality women's
college basketball out there and we are honored to be a part of it."

Idaho, a Western Athletic Conference member, earned the #2 seed in the West but will
travel to #7 seed South Dakota. The Vandals will travel to Vermillion, S.D. for a 7 p.m.
showdown on Mar. 17 versus the 19-win Coyotes. In the final West region game #3 Cal
State Bakersfield will host #6 seed Northern Colorado. CSUB is a repeat WBI participant
and will face Northern Colorado at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 16.

Wright State is the second #1 seed from the Horizon League as the Raiders host #8
seed Buffalo from the Mid-American Conference in the East region. WSU and Buffalo will
square off at 7 p.m. on Mar. 16. Sacred Heart brings a record of 18-12 into the WBI and
earned the #4 seed but because of hosting difficulties will travel to #5 Manhattan. The
22-win Jaspers will face SHU at 7 p.m. on Mar. 17 in New York City.

UAB headlines the bottom half of the East region as the #2 seed. However, due to
hosting conflicts the Blazers will travel to 21-11 Central Arkansas in a 7 p.m. game on
Mar. 17. UCA is the #7 seed in the East. The final first round contest features #3 seed
Elon hosting #6 USC Upstate. The Phoenix, 19-12, and Upstate, 17-12, will play at 7
p.m. on Mar. 17.

The second round WBI games will be held Saturday or Sunday, Mar. 19 and 20 with the
semifinals set for Mar. 23 or 24. The 2011 WBI title game will be held Mar. 26 or 27. All
games are hosted by the higher seed unless hosting conflicts arise. All game times are
local to the site. Please continue to check the official 2011 WBI website,
www.womensbasketballinvitational.com for scores and further updates. You can also
follow the teams and get up-to-date information, scores, and stats on each participating
team's athletic website.

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