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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team will host Howard in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday, March 15, at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers earned an at-large berth to the 64-team postseason tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at

The game will air locally on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area. That broadcast will be available on the Internet at with a subscription to Cavaliers Live.

Virginia (22-10) is making its 30th overall postseason appearance and fifth WNIT appearance. The Cavaliers advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

Howard has an overall record of 24-8 and a 14-2 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $7 for youth, students and seniors. Suites and courtside seats are $11. All tickets, excluding suites and courtside seats, will be sold as general admission. Doors to John Paul Jones Arena will open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday (March 13) at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 542-UVA1 or in person at the John Paul Jones Arena box office beginning 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

Game day parking will be available, free of charge, at John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall parking lots.

The winner of Thursday’s contest will face the winner of Richmond vs. Miami (Ohio) in the second round.

For more information on the 2012 WNIT, please visit

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