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Navy draws Old Dominion in women's NIT

The Navy women's basketball team will play at Old Dominion Thursday in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. A start time for the game will be announced Wednesday.

The highest placing team in the final regular season standings in each of the 32 conferences that is not invited to the NCAA Tournament receives an automatic berth into the WNIT. The Mids garnered the Patriot League's automatic berth by earning the first league regular season title in school history with a 15-3 record in league games. Navy is one of 10 regular season champions and one of 35 teams with at least 20 victories (24-7) playing in the 64-team field.

The Lady Monarchs posted an overall record of 17-15 and tied for sixth place in Conference USA with a mark of 9-7. Old Dominion closed with an 8-3 record over its last 11 games.

Thursday's game will be the first meeting between the schools.

Joining Navy in the WNIT is American, which placed third in the Patriot League this season. It is the first time in the 17-year existence of the WNIT that two Patriot League teams have been invited into the field. The Eagles will play at Seton Hall in the first round.

The winner of Thursday's game between Navy and ODU will face the winner of the Furman at Auburn game in the second round on a date and at a site to be determined after the first round.

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