VCU SET TO FACE ST. JOSEPH’S THURSDAY IN POSTSEASON WNIT

2011 Postseason WNIT Bracket

RICHMOND, Va. (March 14, 2011) – Virginia Commonwealth University learned late Monday night that it will have at least one more game on its schedule during the 2010-11 campaign as the Rams received an at-large berth into the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

VCU and St. Joseph's will meet in the opening round for the second consecutive season.  The Rams, who defeated the Hawks 74-63 last year, travel to Philadelphia to face St. Joe's on Thursday.  Game times have not yet been announced.  Should VCU advance to the second round, it would face the winner of Yale/Boston College March 19-21.

"We're very excited to have at least one more game on our schedule," said VCU Head Coach Beth Cunningham.  "We obviously didn't finish the CAA Tournament the way we would have liked but I'm certainly happy for our team to have reached the postseason once again.  It's a great opportunity for our kids to continue playing this year."

VCU (19-11) is making its fourth straight postseason appearance.  Last year, the Rams reached the third round of the WNIT after receiving at at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09.  VCU advanced to the second round of the WNIT in 2007-08.  It's only time in program history that a senior class will have appeared in the postseason in all four years.

St. Joseph's, which lost to sixth-ranked Xavier in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic-10 Tournament, enters postseason play with a 19-11 overall record.  The Hawks, which finished eighth in the A-10 with an 8-6 mark, have won seven of their last nine games.  VCU and St. Joseph's shared four common opponents in 2010-11 – Drexel, Delaware, Charlotte and Richmond – and finished 2-2.  The Rams went 2-3 against the same foes.

Junior forward Courtney Hurt, a 2011 First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree and All-America candidate, continues to be a force on the national scene for VCU, leading the nation in both rebounding (12.6 rpg) and double doubles (25) while ranking third in scoring (23.1 ppg).  Classmate Andrea Barbour, who garnered second team all-conference accolades, is contributing 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a team-best 2.4 steals per game.  Barbour has led the Rams in scoring in three of the last five games, including both of VCU's CAA Tournament contests.

Should VCU win its opening round game, it would mark the Rams' fourth straight 20-win season.  VCU is 93-39 since the start of their four-year postseason run in 2007-08.

A total of five CAA teams will participate in the WNIT with James Madison as the league's lone representative in the NCAA Tournament.

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