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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third time in four years, the Harvard women’s basketball team saw its name included in the 64-team field for the WNIT as it was paired against Hofstra in the tournament’s first round. The Crimson and Pride will meet Thursday, March 15 in Hempstead, N.Y.
Harvard earned the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the WNIT by placing second in the regular season standings with an overall record of 17-11 and a 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play. This year’s trip to the WNIT will mark the team’s third appearance in the tournament in four years, and the program’s ninth postseason appearance in the last 17 years. Harvard has also competed in six NCAA Tournaments during this span, and in 1998 became the only No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on either the men’s and women’s side when it defeated Stanford, 71-67.
The Crimson is in search of its first victory in the WNIT as it enters the tournament with an 0-2 record. Harvard made its first appearance in the tournament in 2009 when it lost at St. John’s, 83-60, and in 2010 the Crimson fell at Syracuse, 87-68. Harvard and Hofstra are tied, 3-3, in the all-time series, with the Crimson taking the last meeting, 63-56, when the team’s met at the Dead River Company Classic in Orono, Maine on Nov. 24, 2007.
Game time and ticket information will be available Tuesday morning. Fans unable to make it to Long Island for the game will be treated to a free audio broadcast online through GoCrimson.com.
The winner of Thursday’s game will play the winner of Temple and Quinnipiac in the second round of the WNIT March 17-19.