March 17, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the first time in program history the East Carolina women's basketball team has reached the postseason in back-to-back years after accepting an invitation to compete in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The announcement was made Monday night by the WNIT.
East Carolina earned an at-large bid and will travel to Washington, D.C., to take on George Washington in the first round of the WNIT on Wednesday, March 19. Tip-off time is yet to be determined.
The Pirates have seen action in the WNIT in 2010 and 2013, compiling a record of 1-2. In their first-ever appearance, East Carolina defeated Drexel, 78-76, in overtime in the first round before falling to Maryland, 87-52. Last season, ECU dropped an 88-77 overtime contest to Western Kentucky in the first round.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity of coach this team in postseason play," Head coach Heather Macy said. "The kids have worked hard and taken a selfless approach all year. I'm thrilled they get a chance to compete in the WNIT."
The field of 64 includes 32 teams that earned an automatic berth and 32 teams that were chosen at-large. The WNIT opens with first round games Wednesday, March 19 - Friday, March 21. The event culminates Saturday, April 5 with the championship game which will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. All games are hosted by participating schools.
The Pirates concluded the regular season with a 22-8 overall record and finished Conference USA action with a 10-6 mark. East Carolina tallied back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1986 and is just two victories away from tying the program's all-time wins record.
George Washington will make its first postseason appearance since 2009 after finishing the season with a 21-10 overall record. The Colonials capped off the year in a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 standings with an 11-5 league record.
East Carolina and George Washington will meet for the fourth time in program history and the Colonials lead the all-time series 2-1. The last time the two teams met was in 2005, when George Washington rolled over the Pirates, 67-34, in Washington, D.C. ECU's only win over the Colonials came on November 20, 1983, when they defeated George Washington, 64-57, in Greenville.