Mar 19, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT
Five teams from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) have earned postseason berths.
After successfully defending its CAA Championship, James Madison punched its ticket to the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. JMU earned the No. 12 seed and will take on No. 5 seed Ohio State on March 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. as part of the Greensboro Regional. The winner of the meeting between the Dukes and Buckeyes faces the winner of the first-round game between fourth-seeded North Carolina and 13th-seeded Liberty on March 23, in the round of 32.
The Dukes (29-3) are competing in their 11th NCAA Tournament, including their fourth appearance in the last six seasons. Last year, JMU won its first NCAA Tournament contest since 1991, taking down sixth-seeded Gonzaga, 72-63, in the first round as an 11 seed.
Three teams will be represented in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Drexel earned an automatic bid after finishing second in the CAA standings while Elon and Hofstra each received at-large bids. All three teams will play their opening round games on Thursday, March 19.
Drexel (20-10) will play host to Hampton in the opening round. The Dragons are making their fifth WNIT appearance in the last six seasons. In 2013, Drexel had an impressive run and were crowned WNIT champions. Hofstra (20-12), making its fifth WNIT appearance and first since the 2012 campaign, travels to Ivy League foe Penn. Elon (19-12), making its first-ever WNIT appearance and third postseason appearance as a NCAA Division I program, will travel to Georgia Tech.
William & Mary (15-15) earned its first postseason tournament bid in its NCAA Division I history, earning a seventh-seed in the East Region of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). The Tribe will travel to Big East foe and No. 2 seed Xavier in the opening round on March 19.
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