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Arkansas makes field of 2011 Women's NIT

March 14, 2011 – The Women's National Invitation Tournament is excited to announce its 64-team field for the Postseason WNIT.

The WNIT kicks off postseason action Wednesday with first-round games. All games are held on the campuses of participating schools. All 64 teams will play in the first round, featuring 32 games. That will be followed by 16 games in Round 2, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games, and the championship. The WNIT championship game will be played Saturday, April 2, and will be hosted by one of the two final participating schools.

This year's field features 5 teams from each of the Southeastern, Colonial, and Atlantic 10 Conferences, and 4 from the Missouri Valley and Mid American. The Pacific 10, Conference USA, Big 10, Mountain West, Big West, and Big 12 all have 3 teams. Other conferences represented in the field include: West Coast (2), Atlantic Coast (2), WAC (2), American East (1), SWAC (1), Big East (1), Ohio Valley (1), Big South (1), Ivy (1), Southern (1), MAAC (1), Horizon (1), Northeastern (1), MEAC (1), Southland (1), Sun Belt (1), Atlantic Sun (1), Summit (1), Patriot (1), and Big Sky (1).

Game times will be announced Tuesday, March 15, by the WNIT. For more information, visit the website at www.womensnit.com. The WNIT is operated by Triple Crown Sports, a nation-wide grassroots sports event marketing company based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The WNIT awards an automatic berth to each of the nation's 31 conferences. The spot goes to the team that finishes the highest in the regular-season conference standings that does not advance to the NCAA Tournament. If there is a tie, the WNIT abides by the conference tiebreaker. A team earns the Automatic Qualifying berth regardless of its overall record. However, to be considered for a WNIT at-large berth, a team must have an overall record of .500 or better.

Here are the first-round pairings:
All game times will be announced Tuesday, March 15
First-round games

Wednesday, March 16

Pepperdine at Oklahoma State
Portland State at Wyoming
Butler at Wisconsin
Wichita State at Kansas
Delaware at Toledo
Loyola-Maryland at Old Dominion
Liberty at Charlotte
Appalachian State at South Carolina

Thursday, March 17

UC Riverside at Colorado
California at Cal Poly
UC Santa Barbara at Southern Cal
Nevada at St. Mary's CA
Arizona at Utah State
Denver at BYU
Central Michigan at Illinois State
Kent State at Duquesne
Rice at Missouri State
Lamar at Arkansas
Southern at Tulane
Oral Roberts at TCU
Lehigh at St. Bonaventure
Monmouth at Syracuse
Michigan at Eastern Michigan
UNC Wilmington at Richmond
Creighton at Northwestern
Alabama at Memphis
Auburn at Tennessee Tech
Boston College at Yale
VCU at St. Joseph's
Morgan State at Virginia

Friday, March 18

UMBC at Florida
Drexel at FGCU




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