ASU Women Ready for WNIT

By Wess Moore, FOX 16 Sports Director

Published 03/18 2014 06:28PM

Updated 03/18 2014 06:29PM

ASU Red Wolves
ASU Red Wolves
JONESBORO, AR - The Women’s National Invitation Tournament has announced that the start time for Arkansas State’s opening round game at the University of Texas at El Paso will be at 8 p.m. Friday, March 21 at the Don Haskins Center.

The game will be carried on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA and online at with pregame coverage set to begin at 7:30. Due to scheduling conflicts, the Arkansas State baseball team’s Friday contest against UT Arlington will be carried on 101.3 FM/1230AM KBTM.

A-State brings a 22-11 overall record into the match-up with the Miners and has won four out of its last five games. Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and SBC All-Tournament Team selection Aundrea Gamble leads the Red Wolves with 18.7 points per game, which also ranks second in the league.

Arkansas State advanced to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game for the second time in school history and earned the league’s outright, regular-season crown for the first time in the program’s history. A-State 14 conference wins were the most ever, and its 33 games played on the year are the second most in a single a season.

The Women’s National Invitation Tournament is an annual tournament involving 64 of the nation’s top women’s Division I basketball teams. Participating schools host all games, including the semifinals and championship. Every round is single elimination. The WNIT offers teams an opportunity to get more practices in, to experience playoff-atmosphere games, to play in front of passionate fans, and to use their WNIT success as a springboard to the next season. The tournament started in 1998 with 16 teams, expanded to 32 schools in 1999, and then to its current 64-team field in 2010.

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 with Thad Anderson (play-by-play) and Ceal Barry (analyst) calling the action.

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