Virginia at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. ET – Virginia coach Joanne Boyle is no stranger to the WNIT. Her Richmond team in 2004 reached the semifinals, and her California team beat Miami in the 2010 championship game. Old Dominion has played in the postseason in 22 of the past 24 years; the Lady Monarchs lead the Cavaliers, 18-14, in the all-time series.
Army at St. John’s, 7 p.m. ET – Army’s Kelsey Minato currently ranks eighth nationally in both scoring average (22.4 points per game) and free throw percentage (90.3), while the Black Knights list sixth in fewest turnovers per game (11.5) and seventh in scoring defense (52.5). The 2014-15 season marks St. John's fourth-ever trip to the WNIT, with the program's last appearance coming in 2009. That season, the Red Storm advanced to the Round of 16, downing Harvard and Hartford before eventually falling to Boston College.
Central Connecticut State at Fordham, 7 p.m. ET – CCSU shot just 28 percent from the field when it played Fordham earlier this season; the Blue Devils dropped a 72-36 decision. Freshman Camden Musgrave averages just over 9 points per game. Fordham’s Tiffany Ruffin played all 40 minutes and flirted with a triple-double after finishing with a team highs of 14 points, eight boards and seven assists in her team’s last game, a loss to George Washington in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Hampton at Drexel, 7 p.m. ET – Hampton sophomore Malia Tate-DeFreitas was the MEAC player of the year; she paced the MEAC in scoring — and ranks 12th in the nation — with 21.6 points per contest. With this season’s WNIT bid, the Dragons have now advanced to postseason play in six of the past seven seasons. Drexel won the 2009 CAA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before earning WNIT bids in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and this season.
Buffalo at West Virginia, 7 p.m. ET – Buffalo senior captain Kristen Sharkey has started 84 straight games dating back to Dec. 8, 2012 vs. Binghamton. She started the final 23 games of her sophomore season, all 30 games of 2013-14 and each of the Bulls’ 31 during this campaign. West Virginia’s Bria Holmes averaged 19.2 points per game and was a unanimous choice for the all-Big 12 first team. The Mountaineers reached the 2005 WNIT title game.
NC State at ETSU, 7 p.m. ET – Wolfpack head coach Wes Moore is 599-191 in his career; NC State has been down to as few as seven scholarship athletes this year because of injuries, and will have nine for this game. ETSU senior forward Serena Clark was named second-team all-Southern Conference by both the head coaches and media, while senior forward Destiny Mitchell was picked by the coaches as a second- team honoree.
Hofstra at Penn, 7 p.m. ET – Hofstra won two games in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament for the first time in school history and held a second-half lead before dropping a closely contested title game matchup against top-seeded James Madison in the team's previous game. In 2013, Penn posted the first two postseason wins in program history with home wins over Howard and Fairfield at the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Last season, the Red and Blue led fifth-seeded Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by as many as 15 in the first half (32-17), and seven at halftime (38-31), but ultimately fell, 79-61.
Temple at Marist, 7 p.m. ET – For Temple, All-Conference and All-Freshman selection Alliya Butts leads the squad with 12.7 points per game and 66 total steals. Junior Erica Covile, also an All-Conference selection, contributes 11.5 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds per outing, while also recording 56 steals and 18 blocks. Three players are responsible for the bulk of the scoring for Marist, with Tori Jarosz leading the pack. She averages 17.2 points and 9.5 boards per game from the post position, while blocking 70 shots this season. Madeline Blais averaged 16.3 points and 5.7 rebounds a game and also is a shot-blocking threat. Sydney Coffey rounds out the offense for the Red Foxes, averaging 12.6 points per game.
Duquesne at Youngstown State, 7:05 p.m. ET – April Robinson is the engine for Duquesne, averaging 14.1 points per game and leading the team in assists, while tied for first in steals. For Youngstown State, this season has continued an impressive three-year stretch toward a top-level mid-major program. The Penguins have won at least 21 games in two of the last three years, and they've advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament in three consecutive years.
Elon at Georgia Tech, 7:05 p.m. – After being selected to finish sixth by the league's head coaches in October, the Phoenix defied expectations by tying for third in the regular season with an 11-7 mark and earning the tournament's No. 4 seed. Kaela Davis averages nearly 20 points per game for Georgia Tech, and Roddreka Rogers handles the hard work underneath with 10 rebounds per game.
Ball State at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. ET – Ball State will be making its third straight WNIT appearance and sixth overall. The Cardinals earned their way to the WNIT last season after a seven-game winning streak before losing to Akron in the 2014 MAC Tournament title game. Ball State lost on the road to Northwestern in last season’s WNIT, 69-64. Middle Tennessee is making its fourth appearance in the WNIT and first since 2008. The Blue Raiders have previously played in the event in 1999, 2001 and 2008. They are 1-3 in the WNIT with the lone win coming against Western Carolina in 2008.
Creighton at South Dakota, 8 p.m. ET – Creighton and South Dakota have met 20 times, including in each of the past four seasons. The Bluejays own a 12-8 series edge on the Coyotes, including victories in eight of the last nine meetings. Thursday’s contest will be the first meeting between the two teams in postseason play. South Dakota’s offense is primed by Nicole Seekamp (15.3 ppg) and Raeshel Contreras (15.1 ppg).
Akron at Kansas State, 8 p.m. ET – Leading Akron this season are senior Sina King, junior Anita Brown and sophomore Hannah Plybon. King, a 2015 All-MAC first-team selection, is averaging 20.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game this season. She ranks 18th in the nation with 15 double-doubles this season. K-State is 13-3 (.813) in its WNIT Tournament appearances. The Wildcats captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,340 fans while defeating Marquette, 77-65, on March 31, 2006.
Missouri at Northern Iowa, 8 p.m. ET – In 28 games this season, the Tigers have allowed just six teams to shoot better than 40 percent in a game. In fact, the Tigers have limited opponents to less than 37-percent shooting in 18 games, winning 14 of those 18 contests. Led by former Missouri assistant coach, Tanya Warren, the Panthers are 17-14 on the season coming off of an MVC Tournament loss to Wichita State. Northern Iowa finished with a 12-6 record in conference play, and junior Stephanie Davison was named the league's sixth woman of the year. Davison averages 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds off the bench for UNI.
Texas Southern at Southern Miss, 8 p.m. ET – TSU is led by Alexus Johnson, who averages 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. The Lady Tigers hold teams to just under 58 points per game. Southern Miss owns a 4-5 record in WNIT games. Last season, Southern Miss advanced to the second round and lost in double overtime to Mississippi State. Tamara Jones averages nearly 16 points per game.
Stephen F. Austin at TCU, 8 p.m. ET – The Ladyjacks claimed three major conference awards at the end of the regular season as Porsha Roberts was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and Brandon Schneider picked up Coach of the Year accolades. The Horned Frogs have earned a postseason bid in 13 of the past 15 years, marking the fourth-most appearances in that span in the Big 12 behind Baylor (15), Oklahoma (15) and Iowa State (14). This season marks the third appearance for TCU in the WNIT (2008, 2014).
Northern Colorado at Colorado State, 9 p.m. ET – UNC’s D’Shara Strange is 16 points away from becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer. Missy Borell leads the way with 1,866 points. Colorado State has a very deep lineup, with eight players averaging six-plus points a game. Gritt Ryder is CSU's lone player scoring in double digits with 11.0 points a game. She also leads the team in assists (4.9) and steals (1.3) per game.
Long Beach State at San Diego, 9 p.m. ET – The Beach has showcased a tough defense as it has forced all but eight opponents into 20 or more turnovers. In impressive wins over No. 18 Cal and LIU Brooklyn, LBSU's pressure caused each team to commit a season-high 31 miscues. The 49ers lead the Big West in steals (10.1) and turnovers forced (21.5) per game. Malina Hood is San Diego’s leading scorer at 15.0 points per game. She has made 81 of the team's 143 3-pointers. Sophia Ederaine is also averaging a double-double with 11.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest; USD is 13-2 at home this year.
CSU Bakersfield at UCLA, 10 p.m. ET – Tyonna Outland averages almost 20 points per game for CSU Bakersfield; Batabe Zempare chips in with 10 points and 10 rebounds per contest. UCLA has seven freshmen on the roster and nine underclassmen; UCLA is 1-0 all-time vs. CSU Bakersfield, posting a 104-57 home win on Dec. 3, 2008.
Sacramento State at Pacific, 10 p.m. ET – This game marks the first time Sacramento State has played in the postseason. The Hornets were picked ninth in the preseason Big Sky poll but rolled to second place. Pacific has four wins this year over NCAA Tournament teams (Montana, Gonzaga, BYU, New Mexico State) with an RPI of 61 and is 11-4 at home this season. Senior forward Kendall Kenyon was an all-WCC first team selection averaging 13.5 points and a WCC-high 11.1 rebounds per game.
San Francisco at Fresno State, 10 p.m. ET -- The last time USF tangled with the Bulldogs, the Dons turned in a record-setting performance. USF capped last season's non-conference schedule with a 74-47 victory in Fresno on Dec. 20, 2013; USF's 59.3 percent shooting in the game broke a school record that stood for over 27 years. Through the regular season, Fresno State was the only team in the Mountain West to rank in the top three in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage defense, blocks and steals.