Women's Basketball Makes Third Consecutive WNIT Appearance

March 16, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team has earned its third straight postseason berth to the Women's National Invitation Tournament as was announced by the Women's Collegiate Sports Association on Sunday evening.

The Beavers will host their third consecutive first round postseason NIT game when they face UNLV on Friday at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State has made four appearances in the WNIT (1980, 1982, 2001, 2002), winning the National Championship in the 1980 and 1982 trips. OSU recorded its first postseason victory since the 1995 campaign when it knocked off University of Hawaii in last year's opening round contest.

'This is an exciting opportunity for our team to showcase another home event,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'UNLV is a terrific Mountain West Conference opponent, winning 17 games this year. Fortunately, we have a few common opponents in which we can acquire films and good information.'

Oregon State finished the regular season with a 14-14 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Beavers held a 12-2 record in games played in Gill Coliseum, their best home mark since finishing the 1994-95 season with a 13-2 record.

The Rebels, members of the Mountain West Conference, finished the regular season with a 17-11 overall record, losing an overtime contest to Brigham Young University in the first round of the conference tournament. UNLV competed in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

'We need an outstanding crowd to solidify a victory and a possible second round host,' said Spoelstra.

Santa Clara plays at Fresno State in the Beavers' half of the bracket in the 32-team tournament's opening round.

OREGON STATE ANNOUNCES TICKET POLICY FOR WNIT TOURNAMENT

Tickets for Oregon State's WNIT Tournament game against UNLV on Friday at 7 p.m. in Corvallis, will go on sale Monday. The Oregon State Ticket Office will be open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Reserved tickets will cost $9 dollars while all general admission tickets will be $7 dollars.

Student tickets may be purchased for $4 dollars with a valid ID.

Discounts may be available for groups of 10 or more.

To order tickets contact the Oregon State Ticket Office at (541) 737-4455 or 1-800-GOBEAVS.

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