Women's Basketball Earns Post-Season WNIT Bid

March 11, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's women's basketball team has earned a post-season birth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament as announced by the Women's Collegiate Sports Association Sunday evening.

The Beavers, making their first post-season appearance since the 1996 NCAA Tournament, will host Brigham Young University on Friday at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum in the opening round of the 32-team tournament.

'This is a great opportunity for our players and a big up-swing for our program,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Just watching the NCAA Selection Show, we felt like we would have been in the NCAA Tournament if we would have beaten Oregon, so we're excited to see our season continue.'

Oregon State has made two other appearances in the WNIT (1980, 1982), winning both National Championships and earning a perfect 6-0 all-time WNIT record.

The Beavers have never hosted a post-season tournament.

'I'm extremely proud of our women's basketball program and excited to have the opportunity to host a WNIT game,' said Oregon State Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhardt. 'It's important that all of our fans come out and show their support so we can continue to host as we proceed toward the championship.'

Oregon State finished the regular season with a 16-12 overall record and an 8-10 Pacific-10 Conference mark, winning five of its last six games. OSU's 16 wins are the most for the Beavers since finishing the 1995-96 season with a 19-9 record.

The Cougars, members of the Mountain West Conference, finished the regular season with an 18-12 record, losing to Colorado State in the conference tournament championship game.

'BYU is a great opponent, we played Utah earlier this season and they're in the same conference. BYU knocked them off in the conference tournament and I know they've got some good outside shooters,' added Spoelstra.

Tickets for Friday's 7 p.m. game will go on sale Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the Oregon State Ticket office.

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