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WNIT second round tonight

March 21, 2011

Tonight, the EMU women’s basketball team continues post-season play in the WNIT with a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina, to face the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. The Seahawks got here by going 24-8, and 14-4 in the Colonial Athletic Assocation, which tied them for second place in the CAA regular season standings. In the CAA tournament, the Seahawks lost to tournament runner-up Delaware. Last Thursday, they won their WNIT opening round game against the Richmond Spiders, outscoring the Spiders by 11 in the second half after being down 2 at halftime, for a final score of 63-54.

The Eagles and Seahawks have played two common opponents this year. Early in the season, each team lost to Ohio State, EMU going down 74-62 in mid-November, and UNC-Wilmington losing two weeks later, 88-69. In late December, the Seahawks closed out their non-conference schedule with a 62-53 home win over Ohio, and a month later, EMU notched a home win against Ohio, by a more-impressive 85-40 score.

Those matchups were all several months ago, but there’s at least one very recent, though weak, point of comparison. The Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens beat the Seahawks, 47-62, just a week-and-a-half ago, and went on to lose, 55-58, at Toledo last week, while EMU beat Toledo 61-55 on March 11, though the Eagles lost both regular-season games against the Rockets. As an interesting aside, Toledo then went on to beat Auburn, 67-52, and will next face Auburn’s number-one rival, the Alabama Crimson Tide, for a trip to the regional finals. If EMU can get past UNC-Wilmington, they’ll face the winner of tonight’s Syracuse-St. Bonaventure game for a trip to the same regional finals, for a possible fourth game against the Rockets!

If you didn’t make the 800-mile trip to Wilmington, North Carolina, there are several other ways you can catch tonight’s game. The one good option will be to head to the Convocation Center, where EMU athletics will host a free viewing party, with doors opening at 6:30. The game can be viewed online at the UNC-Wilmington athletics website ($), or you can listen on WEMU-FM (free streaming online). As always, you can also discuss it here!

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