Huskies Meet Ducks Again, This Time in WNIT
March 18, 2002
UW Hosts Pac-10 Rival Oregon in WNIT Third Round
Huskies Seek Second Straight Home Victory Over Ducks in 2002
Wed., March 20
Oregon at Washington, 7 p.m.
WNIT Third Round Game at Bank of America Arena (10,000)
The Washington women's basketball team (19-11) continues its postseason run when it meets yet another Pac-10 foe, the Oregon Ducks (19-13), as they host the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) at 7 p.m., Wed., March 20 at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
The Huskies advanced to the third round by defeating Southern California, 97-87, Sunday afternoon in Seattle. The victory completed a three-game season sweep for the Huskies over the Trojans. Washington moved to the second round by knocking off North Texas, 82-61, March 14, also in Seattle. Oregon knocked off St. Mary's (72-61) and then rival Oregon State, 50-48, to advance.
The winner of the UW-Oregon quarterfinal game will face the winner of the Alabama-Michigan game, set for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. Dates and times of further games will not be determined until the conclusion of Wednesday's game, however, Washington is able to host a semi-final game should the opportunity arise.
In an ironic twist, Washington will be meeting Oregon for the fourth time this season, following two regular season games and a meeting in the second round of the inaugural Pac-10 Conference Tournament. The Ducks hold a 2-1 lead in the meetings this year, picking up the first win, 69-56, back on Dec. 28 in Eugene. The Huskies closed their regular season with a rousing 88-80 victory over the Ducks in Seattle, Feb. 23, to snap a 12-game Oregon win streak in the series. Washington met Oregon again in its very next game, the second round of the conference tournament, which ironically was held on the Ducks' home floor, McArthur Court, in Eugene, and UO got the upper hand in that one, 78-64, March 2.
Only once before has Washington played an opponent four times in one season and that was back in the 1975-76 campaign, the second year of varsity basketball at UW. The Huskies split a pair of games at Alaska-Anchorage, winning 68-55 and then losing 54-49 in the first meetings in Alaska. The Huskies won the next meeting in Seattle, 56-37, and Alaska took the final game of the year, 51-44.
Washington tied for second place in the Pac-10 Conference this year, with a record of 12-6 along with NCAA Tournament-bound Arizona State. Oregon finished the Pac-10 season in sixth place, with a record of 10-8 and tied with Arizona.
Oregon leads the all-time series between the schools, 33-28, and is one of only two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) the have a winning record in the series with Washington. Washington's last appearance in the WNIT was in 1999. The Huskies posted a first-round win over Portland, 67-63, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle and then lost at New Mexico, 68-63, at the Pit in Albuquerque.
Tournament action continues with semi-final games March 23 or 24 and the championship game March 26, 27 or 28. Washington could potentially host a semi-final game at Bank of America Arena. The pavilion is not available for hosting the championship game.
Ticket Information - Tickets for the WNIT Tournament may be purchased through the Washington ticket office at (206) 543-2200, at the box office on game day or online at www.gohuskies.com.
WNIT TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Round Three - March 20 - Oregon at Washington, 7 p.m., Bank of America Arena, Seattle
Semi-finals - March 23-24
Championship game - March 26 or 27