After nearly two weeks off, the Stetson women's basketball team will have a chance to salvage its season starting Thursday night.

The Lady Hatters dropped the opening game of the ASUN tournament back on March 2 to North Florida, but were selected to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) on Monday evening and will face South Alabama in Thursday's opening round.

"Obviously, we all want to get to the NCAA Tournament, but playing in the WNIT, the WBI, or any tournament is great because you still get to practice, where not everyone else is," head coach Lynn Bria said. "It builds your team, and it builds confidence."

The WBI is a 16-team, single-elimination tournament that culminates with the championship game on March 28 or 29. All games are played at campus sites.

This will be Stetson's eighth straight postseason appearance, and second time in the WBI. In 2016, the Hatters defeated McNeese State at home before falling to Louisiana on the road.

"We’re excited to get an invite to a postseason tournament," junior guard McKenna Beach said. "I think we’ve had a great week of practice that’s helped us regroup and stay competitive for a final run. We know South Alabama is a good team and they’ve earned the right to a postseason as well, so we have to be ready for a challenge from the start."

Stetson (17-14) at South Alabama (19-12), 8 p.m.

All-time series: First meeting in 10 years, and sixth overall. Jaguars lead, 5-0. 

Behind enemy lines: The Jaguars went 11-7 in the Sun Belt Conference and defeated Louisiana Monroe in the opening round of the conference tournament before falling to Troy.

Senior center Chyna Ellis leads the Jaguars with nearly 14 points and nine rebounds per game, while redshirt freshman guard Savannah Jones averages over 12 points per contest and leads the Jags with 63 3-pointers.

Self-scout: The Lady Hatters went 8-6 in the ASUN this season, including an opening round tournament loss to North Florida two weeks ago. First Team all-conference selection Brittney Chambers leads the team in scoring with over 16 points per game, and also has a team-high 6.6 rebounds per contest.

Beach, a Second Team selection, averages 12.6 points and 3.8 assists per game, and has hit a team-high 48 3-pointers. All-freshman team selection Michelle Pruitt averages 7.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, and leads the conference in field-goal percentage (55.2). The freshman has scored in double-figures in 10 straight games.

What's at stake: Thursday's winner will advance to face the UNC Asheville-Furman winner either Saturday or Sunday at a site to be determined.