NEWARK, Del.The University of Delaware women’s basketball team learned its Postseason WNIT fate late Monday evening as the Blue Hens were paired off to compete against Rutgers University Thursday in Piscataway, N.J.  Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

“We are excited to be participating in the 2014 Postseason WNIT and to play against Rutgers for the first time in program history in over 35 years,” remarked head coach Tina Martin, who is in her 18th season at Delaware.  “This gives our young squad another terrific opportunity to play in the postseason and gain more experience.  We have had tremendous support from our fans all season and hope that they can make the trip to see us play in Piscataway.”

The Blue Hens are 20-10 on the season while finishing second in the Colonial Athletic Association.  Delaware, a NCAA Sweet 16 participant last season, had its hopes dashed of a third consecutive CAA title and trip to the NCAA Tournament yesterday as the Hens fell to James Madison University.

The Hens return to the postseason for the fifth consecutive year and will appear in the WNIT for the seventh time in school history.  UD has never won in the postseason WNIT. 

The Scarlet Knights currently stand at 22-9 overall and finished in fourth place in its first season in the American Athletic Conference.  The team is led by legendary Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer, who has amassed 923 career victories in 43 seasons as a head coach at RU, Iowa and Cheney.

Delaware and Rutgers have previously faced off just twice in women’s basketball history with both meetings coming in postseason play.

The Blue Hens defeated the Scarlet Knights, 97-56, on March 12, 1976 in the EAIAW Regionals.  The following season, No. 8 Rutgers edged out Delaware, 78-75, in the EAIAW Regionals on March 11, 1977.

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