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Syracuse Orange women's basketball hosting first round WNIT game

Wally Gobetz

The Syracuse Orange women's basketball team won't have to head far for its post season. The team is hosting Kent State at the JMA Wireless Dome on Wednesday for the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Felisha Legette-Jack is in her first year as head coach. She said she is humbled by the support of the team getting to the postseason.

"We're here to win and it's not negotiable," Legette-Jack said. "That's what we've done in the past and what we're going to do now."

The Orange have made the postseason 18 times in program history with 12 visits to the NCAA tournament, five WNITs and one AIAW tournament in 1981. The Syracuse Women last played in the WNIT in 2012 — reaching the semifinals.

"We're not trying to win basketball games," Legette-Jack said. "Ask lacrosse, ask men's lacrosse, ask men's basketball, ask football, we're here to create a dynasty. That means we all win and we all gotta believe that."

Legette-Jack said the team wants to see the JMA Wireless Dome packed.

"We got one shot," Legette-Jack said. "One shot to create another 40 minutes. Let's get this first 40 looking like it's Syracuse Orange."

Tickets to the WNIT game are $10 per person and $5 for students, youth and seniors. The game tips off at 7 p.m. Wednesday. If the Syracuse Women win they'll face off against the winner of the Seton Hall, Saint Joseph's matchup. The game will be broadcast on cuse.com.

The Syracuse Orange women are 18-12 this season. The team lost to the NC State Wolfpack in the women's ACC Tournament.

To see the full bracket for the WNIT, click here.

Ava Pukatch joined the WRVO news team in September 2022. She previously reported for WCHL in Chapel Hill, NC and earned a degree in Journalism and Media from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Ava was a Stembler Scholar and a reporter and producer for the award-winning UNC Hussman broadcast Carolina Connection. In her free time, Ava enjoys theatre, coffee and cheering on Tar Heel sports. Find her on Twitter @apukatch.