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Missouri coach Robin Pingeton, right, talks to guard Katlyn Gilbert during the Tigers’ game against Arkansas in the second round of the SEC Tournament on March 2 in Greenville, S.C. The Tigers lost 85-74.

After posting a 144-81 record as coach of Illinois State from 2003-10, Robin Pingeton will get an opportunity to face her former school in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Pingeton and Missouri host the Redbirds (24-8) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena. The game marks the third straight season that the Tigers have participated in the WNIT.

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