Virginia Earns WNIT Bid, First Round Bye


The University of Virginia women's basketball team has been invited to the 2007 Women's National Invitation Tournament, the WNIT announced late on Monday evening.

Receiving a first-round bye, the Cavaliers (17-14) will host the winner of the Charlotte/High Point contest in second round action on Monday, March 19 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Tip-off time will be announced on Tuesday, March 13.

"We're very pleased to be playing in the tournament and extend our season," head coach Debbie Ryan said. "We'll be ready to play on Monday."

To order WNIT tickets, contact the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office beginning Tuesday, March 13 at 9 a.m. via telephone at 1-800-542-UVA1 (542-8821) and 434-924-UVA1; in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium; or online at

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (aged 18 and younger), students of participating institutions, and senior citizens. Tickets will also be available on game day beginning 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the John Paul Jones Arena ticket windows located adjacent to the west (main) entrance.

Expanded by eight teams, the 2007 WNIT field has 48 teams for the first time in the tourney's history. The top 16 seeded teams in the single-elimination tournament received a first-round bye.

The postseason appearance is Virginia's 25th since the school started sponsoring women's basketball in 1974. UVa has appeared in 21 NCAA tournaments, two Women's NIT, and the 1981 AIAW tournament. Last season the 'Hoos played three WNIT games, advancing to the quarterfinal round.

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