Women's Basketball Readies for WNIT Game Against Saint Mary's
March 11, 2002
The Ducks (17-13, 10-8 Pac-10) play host to Saint Mary's (16-12, 9-5 West Coast) at McArthur Court on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Women's National Inivitation Tournament's first round. Oregon will make its ninth straight postseason appearance and its first showing in the WNIT in school history. Tickets are $13 for reserved seats, $9 for adult GA, $6 for children/seniors GA and $4 for students. If the Ducks win, they will play the winner of the Oregon State-Hawai`i game either Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
All Oregon women's basketball games are broadcast by KSCR (1320 AM) in Eugene and KUIK (1360 AM) in Portland, with Ray Martin providing the play-by-play for the seventh consecutive year. Games that don't conflict with Oregon men's basketball broadcasts will be carried by KUGN (590 AM) in Eugene, KXL (750 AM) in Portland and KTBR (950 AM) in Roseburg. Radio broadcasts also can be heard on the Internet at www.goducks.com.
The Ducks have an 11-14 overall record in postseason competition, which includes a 4-11 record in the NCAA Tournament. Oregon made an unprecedented eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 1994 to 2001, but went only 3-8, including 1-4 in the last five games. Oregon captured the championship of the now-defunct National Women's Invitational Tournament in 1989 and also competed in the tourney in 1979. Before the advent of the NCAA Tournament, the Ducks lost in the second round of the AIAW Tournament both in 1980 and 1981.
ABOUT THE WNIT
The WNIT began in 1998 after the postseason NWIT, held in Amarillo, Texas, each year was discontinued in 1996. This tournament, like the preseason WNIT, only is played at campus sites of participating schools. In 1998, 16 schools participated and the field was expanded to 32 in 1999. The postseason WNIT championship has averaged 13,810 fans, including last year's game at New Mexico that drew a record 18,018.
PAC-10 IN THE POSTSEASON
Other Pac-10 teams in the WNIT are Oregon State, Washington and USC. The Beavers play host Thursday to Hawai`i while the Huskies will take on North Texas, also on Thursday, at Seattle. The Women of Troy travel to play San Francisco on Wednesday. Stanford earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West Region and squares off against Weber State. while Arizona State is a No. 9 seed in the Midwest bracket and will play Wisconsin.
The Gaels, like the Ducks, also have played Washington (L, 62-55), California (W, 53-50) and Portland (W, 72-53, L, 80-75).
SERIES VS. SAINT MARY'S
Oregon leads the series 2-0. The teams first met Jan. 3, 1995, as the Ducks won 82-51 at Eugene. Oregon made a return trip to Moraga, Calif., Dec. 15, 1995, and won 78-62.