FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Miami University women's basketball team has been selected to take part in the 2018 Women's National Invitational Tournament after reaching the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2012 under first-year head coach Megan Duffy.
The Red & White are set to host Duquesne in the WNIT First Round this Thursday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN3.
The WNIT is a 64-team single-elimination tournament with all games being played at campus sites. Round One begins March 14-16, Round Two is March 17-20, Round Three spans March 21-23, Quarterfinals are March 24-26, Semifinals take place March 28-29 and the Championship is on March. 31 on CBS Sports Network.
Miami finished the season 21-10 on the year, including a 12-6 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The postseason berth is the program's first since 2013, which was also a WNIT appearance. The RedHawks saw drastic improvements this year under Duffy with the 12 conference wins matching the last three seasons combined. Duffy also led the biggest win turnaround in the country for a first-year coach as Miami went 11-21 the season prior, a net difference of 10 victories. Only one other coach in the nation did that this year. Just three others led their teams to 20 wins.
The RedHawks were last in action this past week at the MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Miami, who earned a first-round bye, beat Ohio 69-66 in the quarterfinal round before falling to top-seeded Central Michigan, the eventual champion, by a score of 61-58.