WNIT First Round Preview

It has been almost a decade since the Arkansas State Red Wolves women’s basketball team has made back-to-back post-season appearance.

Tonight at the Convocation Center, they match that mark set in 2005-2006 when A-State (23-10) plays hosts to Western Michigan (20-12) in a first round game of the WNIT. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m.

Last season the Red Wolves were coming off a Sun Belt Conference title and were sent to UTEP for a first-round game. This season they open at home, where they are 5-1 in this tourney. The last home game was against Murray State in 2006. The team was 13-1 at home this season. A-State coach Brian Boyer, going after career victory No. 272, is 3-5 in the WNIT.

It is the third meeting between A-State and Western Michigan. The Red Wolves lead 2-0 and all of the games have been in a tournament setting.

This is A-State’s 10th appearance in the event and the program is 12-8 all-time in the tourney. In 1993, State won the tourney when it was called the NWIT.

The winner of this game meets the winner of Middle Tennessee-Ball State, most likely this weekend. Middle and BSU play on Thursday in Murfreesboro. The site and date for the second round is to be determined.

A victory tonight would put the Red Wolves within one game of tying the school record for victories in a season at 25. The 46 victories the past two seasons ties for third most in school history for consecutive campaigns.

It is Western Michigan's fourth trip to the WNIT and the first since 2004. The Broncos enter the tourney with a 20-12 record, one victory shy of tying the school record.

A-State is 268-87 in the Convocation Center.