March 12, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University women's basketball team will host DePaul University in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
The Broncos and Blue Demons (17-11 overall, 10-6 Conference USA) square off on Wednesday (March 15) at 7 p.m. at University Arena. With a win, WMU would face either Fairfield (25-7) or Wisconsin (16-12) at a site and date to be determined. Western Michigan could host the second round game depending on the attendance in the opening round.
"I think the Mid-American Conference is a conference that gets one team into the NCAA Tournament," WMU head coach Ron Stewart said. "If you can aspire to postseason play as a member of the MAC, its a real sense of accomplishment. The players are all ecstatic. Everyone is excited. It's not hard to go to practice tomorrow."
The Broncos concluded the 1999-2000 regular season with an 18-11 overall record and a 14-2 Mid-American Conference ledger. WMU won the MAC West Division Championship but lost 64-55 to Toledo in the MAC Tournament semi-finals March 3.
DePaul lost 82-69 to South Florida in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament on Friday, March 10.
Western Michigan is making its second straight WNIT appearance. The Broncos hosted Michigan in the 1999 WNIT in front of a school-record 2,572 fans. WMU fell 73-64 in the first-ever NIT game hosted by a Western Michigan University athletic team.
Radio coverage of Wednesday's game begins at 6:30 p.m. on WQXC 100.9 FM, Kalamazoo.
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