GREENSBORO - The North Carolina A&T Aggies will open the 2013 Women's National Invitational Tournament by facing James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. on Thursday, March 21. The game time will be announced on Tuesday.
The 2013 season marks the first since 1994 when the A&T men's and women's basketball team each played in a national postseason tournament in the same season. The A&T men's basketball team is the No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning their 16th MEAC Tournament Championship on March 15.
The Aggies (22-9, 13-3 MEAC) have never before faced the Dukes (22-10, 15-3 CAA) on the court. By virtue of their second-place finish in the MEAC, the Aggies earned one of the 31 automatic bids to the tournament. It will be the Aggies' third WNIT appearance in program history, after competing in the tournament in 2008 and 2010. The Aggies hold a 2-2 record in the WNIT entering into Thursday's contest.
A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson will be making his fourth trip to the WNIT, and his first as a head coach. He was an assistant coach when A&T went in 2008, and was an associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth in their 2010 and 2012 WNIT appearances. His teams have gone 4-3 in the WNIT.
It will be the second WNIT appearance for JaQuayla Berry, Nikia Gorham and guard Amber Calvin, who were all freshmen when the Aggies posted a 2-1 record in the 2010 WNIT. The Aggies became the first MEAC team and HBCU to win two consecutive basketball games in a national postseason tournament with victories against Wake Forest and Charlotte in the 2010 WNIT. The Aggies fell to Miami in the third round to exit the tournament.
First-round action tips off on Wednesday, March 20 and concludes on Friday, March 22. Second-round games begin March 23-25, round three March 27-29, quarterfinals March 30-April 1, and semifinals April 3-4. The championship game will be played on Saturday, April 6 and will be televised live and in HD at 3 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. All games are hosted by participating schools.