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March 19, 2013

FIU Selected to WNIT

The FIU women's basketball team has earned an at-large bid to the 2013 Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), announced late Monday night by tournament officials.

FIU will host Florida in a first-round contest on Thursday, March 21, in the friendly confines of U.S. Century Bank Arena. Game times for all Postseason WNIT games will be announced on Tuesday, March 19.

After advancing to its third-consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinal, FIU brings a record of 19-12 into postseason action. The Panthers will make their second-straight and seventh overall Postseason WNIT appearance, as FIU owns a 5-7 all-time record in Postseason WNIT play.

A season ago, FIU earned an at-large bid to the postseason event, as the Panthers defeated the Stetson Hatters in a home game at U.S. Century Bank Arena before falling to USF in Tampa, Fla., in second-round action.

The Postseason WNIT features 32 first-round games, followed by 16 second-round games, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games, and the championship game which will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. The event offers 31 automatic berths, one to each established conference, and 33 at-large berths.

All games in the single-elimination format are played at the main or alternate facilities of participating schools. Dates for each round are as follows:

Round 1: March 20-22

Round 2: March 23-25

Round 3: March 27-29

Quarterfinals: March 30-April 1

Semifinals: April 3-4

Championship: April 6 (3 p.m. ET start)

For complete information on the Postseason WNIT, visit www.womensnit.com.

Stay tuned to www.FIUSports.com for more information.

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