Women’s basketball: Dayton one of 32 teams invited to NIT

It will play Northern Iowa in the first round Friday

The Dayton Flyers (14-3) will play Northern Iowa (14-12) at noon Friday in Rockford, Ill., in the first round of the Women’s NIT. The 32-team field was announced Monday night.

Northern Iowa finished fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 11-7 mark. It will appear in the NIT for the ninth time. Dayton and Northern Iowa have never played.

Dayton’s NCAA tournament dreams ended when it lost 56-50 in the Atlantic 10 semifinals to Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday. This will be the program’s sixth appearance in the NIT. It also played in the tournament in 2000, 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2019. It is 1-5 in those five appearances.

“Our goals every year are to compete for championships and advance to postseason play,” coach Shauna Green said in a press release. “We’ve been able to do that with 14 straight postseason appearances. It’s a testament to all the great players and their consistency throughout the years. We look forward to being able to compete again in a season where we only played 17 games.”

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The teams will play at four regional sites in the first two rounds March 19-22: Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Worth, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; and Rockford.

Dayton or Northern Iowa will play Creighton (9-11) or Bowling Green (20-6) in the second round at 6 p.m. Saturday. Creighton and Bowling Green play at 2 p.m. Friday. The other first-round games in Rockford are: Saint Louis (12-4) vs. DePaul (14-8), 5 p.m.; and Milwaukee (19-7) vs. Drake (16-11), 8 p.m.

The regional championship game will take place at 8 p.m. Monday.

In addition to Dayton and Saint Louis, two other A-10 teams will play in the tournament. Fordham (12-4) will play Delaware (21-4) at 11 a.m. Friday. Massachusetts (14-7) will play Villanova (15-6) at 8 p.m. Both of those games will take place in the Charlotte region.

The regional champions will play in the semifinals March 26, and the championship game will take place March 28. All those games will take place at My Town Movers Fieldhouse, which is located about 30 miles east of downtown Memphis on the campus of Collierville High School.

All games in the tournament will be streamed on FloHoops.com.

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