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Lady Monarchs to host American in WNIT first-round game March 17

The Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs (18-13) will host the American University Eagles (22-9) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The game will be played at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

"To be a part of the field of postseason play is exciting," said ODU head coach Wendy Larry, "and getting a chance to play at home is certainly a credit to our fan base."

The Lady Monarchs, regular-season champs of the Colonial Athletic Association, are coming off their first-ever loss in their 18th appearance in the CAA championship game and are headed to a postseason tournament for the 19th time in the past 20 years. ODU earned the CAA's automatic bid into the WNIT after finishing as the regular-season champion with a 14-4 record in league play.

Junior All-CAA Second Team and All-Tournament Team selection Jasmine Parker (Norfolk) leads the way for ODU as the team leader in scoring (10.9), assists (3.5) and steals (2.5).

American earned a share of the Patriot League regular-season title this year, finishing with a program-best 13-1 mark in conference play. The Eagles were 22-9 overall, falling in the championship game to Lehigh, 58-42. American boasts the Patriot League Player of the Year, junior Michelle Kirk. The first American player to earn the honor, she averages 18.1 points per game.

Tickets are available at the ODU Box Office. All tickets will be general admission, and prices are $10 for adults; $7 for youth 17 and under, senior citizens and military personnel; and $5 for ODU students with a valid ID.

The game marks ODU's first appearance in the WNIT. The winner will face the winner of the Boston University/Providence first-round matchup.

This article was posted on: March 16, 2010

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