GREENSBORO - For the second consecutive season and the fourth time in six years, the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team earned an automatic bid to the 2014 Women's National Invitational Tournament, announced late Monday evening.
A&T (24-6) will face South Florida (19-12) in the first round on Friday, March 21 in Tampa, Fla. Game times for the tournament have not been announced.
"Postseason play for any program says that you had a successful season," head coach Tarrell Robinson said. "I think this group of young women deserve a pat on the back for the job they've done this year. They have earned the opportunity to continue their season and play for another championship. We plan on making the most of our opportunity to participate in the WNIT for our second consecutive year."
A&T qualified for the 64-team field after posting a solid 24-6 record that included mid-major wins over Stetson, Georgia State and William & Mary, along with being named the MEAC regular-season runner-up with a 13-3 league record. In the last seven seasons, the Aggies' program has put together five 20-plus win seasons.
The field includes 10 teams that were crowned regular-season conference champions, tying a WNIT record set in 2013, and 35 teams with 20 or more wins.
Last season, the Aggies faced James Madison in the first round where they fell 77-64. A&T opened up the 2013-14 schedule in the Preseason WNIT where it posted a 2-1 record with wins against Stetson and Georgia State in November. The Aggies’ only loss was to Quinnipiac, an at-large qualifier in this year's postseason WNIT.
All games during the tournament are hosted by participating schools with first-round games opening March 19-21, followed by round two (March 22-25), round three (March 26-28), round four (March 29-31), semifinals (April 2-3), and championship (April 5 at 3 p.m. ET). The championship game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network.