MACON, Ga. – The Mercer University women’s basketball team has earned an automatic bid to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and will face Alabama on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in the first round of the WNIT. The game will be played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
This will be Mercer’s third appearance in the WNIT and the second consecutive as the Bears also earned an automatic bid last season. Last year, Mercer fell to Georgia Tech in the first round of the tournament.
So far this season, Mercer has tallied a 25-6 record and for the second straight season earned a Southern Conference regular season championship, played in the SoCon Tournament title game and set a new program record for wins in a season in the NCAA era. This marks the second time in program history that Mercer has won back-to-back championships in the NCAA DI era. Mercer also won the 1991 NSWAC and 1992 TAAC regular season titles.
This is also the second time in program history that Mercer has had three straight 20-win seasons and the first time in the NCAA era. Head Coach Susie Gardner has led Mercer to four 20-win campaigns in five seasons. Along with last season, this is the the second time that Mercer has won 20 or more games in the regular season as a NCAA DI program.
Alabama enters the postseason with a 19-13 mark, which includes a 5-11 record in Southeastern Conference play. The Crimson Tide won a pair of games in the SEC Tournament before falling to Kentucky in the quarterfinal round. Alabama holds a 2-1 lead in the series with Mercer, but the Bears won the last meeting, 46-39, in 2014.
Tickets for the game are $5 each and can be purchased here.