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Co-Champion Dartmouth to Face Vermont in WNIT

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Courtesy of Dara Ely
Dartmouth Sports Information

Hanover, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's basketball team, 2008 Ivy Co-Champions, will continue its season in the Postseason WNIT with a trip to Vermont this Thursday.

The game is set for Thursday at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt. at 7:00 p.m. The teams are playing for the right to take on Boston College in the second round.

This marks the fourth-straight postseason appearance for the Big Green women, who also won their third Ivy crown in the last four years and 16th overall this year. Dartmouth (15-15, 11-3 Ivy) earned the WNIT bid by virtue of its tie for first place in the Ivy League. The Big Green played in a three-way playoff with fellow champs Cornell and Harvard last weekend, beating Harvard on Friday night before falling to Cornell, who had received a random bye, on Sunday. Cornell will represent the Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament while Dartmouth earned its second-straight WNIT appearance. The Big Green fell to Seton Hall in the WNIT last season.

Vermont (23-8) finished second in the America East but was knocked off in the conference tournament by #3 seed Boston University. The Catamounts are making their second WNIT appearance, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2002. Vermont head coach Sharon Dawley served as an assistant and associate head coach under Chris Wielgus at Dartmouth for 10 years prior to her appointment with the Catamounts five years ago.

The Women's National Invitation Tournament is an annual tournament involving 48 of the nation's top women's Division I basketball teams. All games are hosted by participating schools at their home facility and every round is single elimination.

This year's WNIT will feature 16 first-round games, followed by 16 second round-games, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games and the championship.

Ticket information will be released as soon as it becomes available. The full WNIT bracket is available here.

- A.S.