Bearcats Accept Invitation To WNIT

March 13, 2012

2012 WNIT Bracket

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2012 Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The Bearcats will host Duquesne on Friday, March 16 at Fifth Third Arena at 7 p.m. It is the first time UC has advanced to postseason play since the 2005-06 season. The game will be streamed live on with Scott Waldrop on the call.

Fans can purchase tickets at the ticket office or by calling 1-877-CATSTIX. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for youth, UC faculty/staff and UC students. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $2 each. Parking is available for $5 per car in the Corry Garage. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday evening.

“I am extremely honored to be invited to represent The University of Cincinnati in the WNIT this year,” said head coach Jamelle Elliott. “I could not be happier for my players and staff who have worked extremely hard to afford us the opportunity to play in the post-season for the first time in six years.  Our seniors, Bjonee (Reaves) and Chanel (Chisholm) will have the chance to put on the Cincinnati uniform again and I am most excited about having the opportunity to coach them at least one more game.”

UC finished the season with a 15-15 mark, which is a six-game improvement from last year and its first season with at least a .500 record since the 2006-07 season. Cincinnati’s 15 wins marks the most under Elliott and ties its win total from 2006-07. Its six BIG EAST Conference victories also ties its total from the 2006-07 season, while its four conference road wins was the most since becoming a BIG EAST member.

Cincinnati finished tied for 10th in the BIG EAST after being picked to finished 15th in the preseason polls.

The BIG EAST fielded four teams in the WNIT. Fellow league members South Florida, Villanova and Syracuse join the Bearcats in the 64-team field. The winner of Friday’s matchup will face the winner of Detroit vs. Toledo in a second round contest.

This is Cincinnati’s 11th postseason appearance all-time and seventh in the WNIT. Cincinnati is 2-7 in the WNIT after dropping its last outing in overtime, 81-77, at Florida International on March 16, 2006.

Duquesne is 20-11 this season and finished tied for seventh in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 7-7 mark. The Bearcats won the only meeting against the Dukes, 90-82, in overtime on Nov. 19, 2007.