Lady Bulldogs Receive Bid to WNIT

After finishing the regular season 17-13 overall, the Mississippi State women's basketball team received the Southeastern Conference's automatic bid to the 2007 Women's National Invitation Tournament, as announced late Monday evening.

MSU, who received a first round bye, faces the winner of the Tulane/Jackson State game, scheduled for Wednesday in New Orleans.

MState's second round contest is scheduled to be played in Starkville, however a date and time will be set following the opening round contest.

"If you had asked me at the beginning of the year would I be happy finishing in the top half of the SEC, I would have replied positively because we are a young team," said MSU head Coach Sharon Fanning. "Once we started winning, the itch to win more was there, and I got kind of greedy and was very dissapointed about a couple of losses down the stretch, but we have to learn from that. We improved with great strides throughout the year and fortunately finished in the top half of a very tough Southeastern Conference. To be in post season play is a great opportunity, especially with the youth we have. Sometimes it's difficult to relay to players during the season how the season is broken down. The conference season is like starting a new season, how February is a new season, and how the post season is a brand new season for us also."

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