Texas Tech hosts Eastern Illinois in WNIT First Round

United Spirit Arena will host the first round.

United Spirit Arena will host the first round.
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United Spirit Arena will host the WNIT for the first round matchup on Thursday between Texas Tech and Eastern Illinois.

March 12, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech women's basketball head coach Kristy Curry knows her team is capable of winning a championship.

Now Texas Tech will have one more chance to prove that this season.

The Lady Raiders (19-13) were selected on Monday night to play in a postseason tournament for the third consecutive season and will host Eastern Illinois (22-8) in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

"This is a great opportunity for our team to go out and win another game and play in the postseason," Curry said. "It's a great chance to go out and win a championship for Texas Tech."

It's the third appearance in the WNIT overall for Texas Tech and in six seasons under Curry and fourth postseason opportunity. Tech made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season and the second round of the WNIT in 2010.

Texas Tech tries to become just the third Big 12 Conference program to win the postseason tournament. Missouri won it in 2005 and Kansas State won it in 2006.

Texas Tech first appeared in the postseason classic in 2008 and has an overall record of 2-2.

This will be the first meeting between the two programs. Eastern Illinois finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference standings with a 13-3 record in conference play. The Panthers lost to Tennessee Tech, 81-72, in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament.

Texas Tech or Eastern Illinois will face the winner of Tulane (22-10) and Mississippi Valley State (18-13), who will also play on Thursday.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.texastech.com and will go on sale at the athletics ticket office beginning Tuesday, March 13 at 8:30 a.m. To purchase tickets, call the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH or toll free at (888) GO-BIG12. Tickets may also be purchased at area United Supermarkets and Select-a-Seat locations.

All tickets will be available in the lower level of the arena - $6 for reserved seats and $4 for Texas Tech students. Women's basketball season ticket holders may purchase their same seats for the WNIT by logging into their online account at www.texastech.com or by calling the athletics ticket office before 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 14.

Season ticket holder seats will be held for all potential rounds that Texas Tech may host.

Gates will open one hour prior to game time. General parking will be available free of charge at all lots around United Spirit Arena on a first-come, first-served basis.

Texas Tech in the WNIT


Second Round - Texas Tech 82, Texas State 49 (Lubbock, Texas)

Third Round - TCU 81, Texas Tech 74 (Lubbock, Texas)


First Round - Texas Tech 80, Houston 77 (Lubbock, Texas)

Second Round - Wyoming 68, Texas Tech 57 - OT (Laramie, Wyoming)

WNIT Schedule

Round 1 - March 14-16.

Round 2 - March 17-19.

Round 3 - March 21-23.

Round 4 - March 24-26.

Semifinals - March 28-29.

Championship - Saturday, March 31.




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