FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU-Miami women's basketball contest on Thursday, March 18 will tip at 7 p.m. in BankUnited Center in the first round of the WNIT.
Tickets for the 2010 WNIT first round matchup are currently available for sale on TicketMaster and Hurricanesports.com. Ticket prices are $15 for floor seating and $5 for general admission. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Miami ticket office at 1-800-GO-CANES (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) or by ordering online. To purchase tickets online, please visit www.Hurricanesports.com and click on the Tickets link. Once the page is re-directed, click on Order Tickets Online. Simply follow the directions to purchase your tickets.
Directions to the BankUnited Center can be found at http://www.bankunitedcenter.com/directions_parking.aspx.
The Eagles, who posted a 24-6 overall record to date, earned the program’s third automatic bid to the WNIT after finishing the A-Sun regular season in second place. FGCU secured its seventh 21-plus win season in the eight-year program history.
Head Coach Karl Smesko and the Eagles are currently 7-3 overall in non-conference play, 9-6 overall on the road, and 2-3 on the road against non-conference opponents.
This will be the first meeting between the two programs. With a win in this year's tournament, the Eagles would advance to the second round to take on the winner of the Florida and USF match-up.
Miami's selection into the 64-team field marks the 11th postseason and fifth WNIT appearance in program history. In their most recent showing, the Hurricanes downed cross-town rival Florida International, 95-83, in the first round of the 2006 WNIT. Advancing into the second round was the furthest any Miami team had reached in the postseason WNIT.
The 2009-10 Hurricanes finished the regular season in a three-way tie for 10th place in the ACC with a 4-12 conference mark. Miami is led by sophomores Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams. Johnson became just the second player in program history to be named First Team All-ACC while Williams earned Second Team All-ACC accolades.
This is the first year of the expanded Postseason WNIT, and the field includes 31 teams that earned automatic berths and 33 teams that earned at-large berths.
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 3, and will be hosted by one of the two final participating schools.
This year’s field features five teams each from the Big Ten, Big East, Atlantic 10, and Colonial Conferences. The Mountain West has four teams, and the Pac 10, Missouri Valley, Mid-American, Conference USA, and ACC have three each. Other conferences with more than one team in the field include: Big 12 (2), SEC (2), West Coast (2), and WAC (2).