JMU women preparing for WNIT

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison women's basketball team is preparing to play North Carolina A&T in the first round of the WNIT Friday night.

The Dukes are in the WNIT after falling just short of the NCAA Tournament. JMU won the CAA regular season championship but lost in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament to Hofstra. JMU played the majority of the game without star guards Kamiah Smalls and Lexie Barrier due to injury.

JMU was one of the "First Four Out" for the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Despite missing out on the Big Dance, the Dukes are still competing in the postseason.

"There are a lot of teams that are really, really excited to play in the WNIT," said JMU head coach Sean O'Regan. "This shouldn't be a bad feeling even though I do think I am going to have to pick them up a little bit because I think we all knew where we wanted to go."

The Dukes and Aggies will meet for a 7 p.m. tip-off Friday at the Convocation Center.