Women's Basketball Recieves WNIT Berth, Hosts Quinnipiac Wednesday Night in First Round
March 17, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa.--On Monday night, Villanova (22-8) learned that it has been chosen to play in the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The Wildcats will host Quinnipiac (21-12) on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in a first round game.
Villanova is 1-0 all-time versus Quinnipiac, with the lone meeting coming in November of 2001.
A total of 64 teams make up the WNIT field, including 32 automatic bids and 32 at-large selections. Of the 64 teams in this year's field, 35 have recorded 20 or more wins.
This will be Villanova's 12th postseason appearance in the last 15 years. The stretch includes five berths in the NCAA Tournament and seven WNIT appearances. In its previous six trips to the WNIT, Villanova has tallied a 6-6 record.
With a win over Quinnipiac, Villanova will advance to the second round and play the winner of the East Carolina/George Washington game.
Quinnipiac earned an at-large bid to the WNIT and enters play in the tournament with a 21-12 overall record. The Bobcats went 14-6 in the MAAC and finished fourth in the regular season standings. Quinnipiac advanced to the championship game of the MAAC Tournament where they lost to Marist by a score of 70-66.
The Wildcats enter postseason play with a 22-8 overall record. The team's last outing came on March 9 when the Wildcats lost to Marquette by a score of 56-53 in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament. Villanova is led by senior guard Devon Kane who leads the team in scoring (12.6 ppg.), assist (4.3 apg.), steals (37) and minutes played (32.5 mpg.). For her efforts this season, Kane was named first team All-BIG EAST.
Sophomore guard Caroline Coyer ranks second on the team in both scoring (10.3 ppg.) and assists (3.6 apg.). Coyer was named the BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year.