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A-State To Host Southern In Opening Round of WNIT

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JONESBORO, Ark. (3/14/16) – The Arkansas State women’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Red Wolves will host Southern University Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

The appearance in the postseason tournament will be A-State’s 11th all-time and its seventh under the director of head coach Brian Boyer. This is the Red Wolves’ third consecutive berth into the postseason tournament and the second time in school history that A-State has played in the WNIT in three straight seasons.

Ticket prices for Thursday’s game will be $10 for all seating and A-State students will get into the game for free with their student identification cards. Parking for Thursday’s event will be free. Season ticket holders will have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to claim their seats or they will be released into the general ticket sale.  Tickets and information will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday by calling 1-888-ASU-Fans or through AStateRedWolves.com.

The Red Wolves have an overall record of 13-9 all-time in the WNIT and have advanced the championship game twice in the tournament’s history. Arkansas State captured the championship in 1992-93 when it was known as the National Women’s Invitational Tournament.

The A-State-Southern winner will play the winner of Abilene Christian and UTEP. The site of the Round 2 game will be determined after the conclusion of the first round.

Southern finished the 2015-16 season with a 19-11 overall record and finished in a tie atop the SWAC standings with a 14-4 league mark. The Jaguars advanced to the finals of the SWAC Tournament where they fell to Alabama State 55-51.

The Red Wolves and Jaguars have met on three previous occasions with A-State posting victories in each matchup, but this will be the first time the two teams have played since the 1994-95 season.

As a whole, A-State broke multiple program records for this season including wins in a season (26), wins in the regular season (25), wins in conference play (19), consecutive win streak (18) and consecutive home win streak (24). The 19 conference victories in league play are also the most in all-time in the Sun Belt.

Senior guard Aundrea Gamble captured her third consecutive Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year award, making her the only player in league history to accomplish that feat. Coach Boyer won his fourth career Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year award and is two wins away from reaching 300 victories for his career.

First-round action tips off Wednesday, March 16 and concludes Friday, March 18.  Second-round games begin March 19-22, round three March 23-25, quarterfinals March 26-28, and semifinals March 30-31. The championship game will be played Saturday, April 2 and will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET. All games are hosted by participating schools.

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