Women's Basketball Makes Second Consecutive Postseason WNIT Appearance

March 10, 2002

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

The Beavers, who hosted Brigham Young University in last year's WNIT, will meet University of Hawai'i on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum for the opening round of the 32-team tournament.

'We're really excited to be in the WNIT again,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'It's a tremendous opportunity for our players to continue our season. They worked really hard all summer and I'm happy that all of their work has paid off.'

Oregon State has made three appearances in the WNIT (1980, 1982, 2001), winning the National Championship in the 1980 and 1982 trips before being eliminated in the first round last season. OSU owns a 6-1 all-time WNIT record.

'This took a super commitment by our administration to support our bid for the WNIT,' said Spoelstra. 'We look forward to drawing a good crowd to the game.'

Oregon State finished the regular season with a 16-14 overall record and an 11-7 Pacific-10 Conference mark, its best since the 1995-96 campaign. OSU's 16 wins match last season's total and are the most for the Beavers since finishing the 1995-96 season with a 19-9 record.

The Wahines, members of the Western Athletic Conference, finished the regular season with a 23-7 record, losing to Louisiana Tech in the conference tournament championship game. Hawai'i had won six-straight before falling to the Lady Techsters, and finished with a 14-4 mark in the WAC.

Three other Pacific-10 Conference teams join Oregon State in the WNIT, as University of Oregon, University of Southern California and University of Washington were all invited to the tournament.

All four Pac-10 schools are on the same half of the bracket with OSU possibly facing UO in a second round match-up if the Beavers can get past Hawai'i and Oregon beats Saint Mary's in Eugene on Wednesday. USC travels to San Francisco on Wednesday night and Washington hosts North Texas on Thursday.


Tickets for Oregon State's WNIT Tournament game against University of Hawai'i on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Corvallis, will go on sale Monday at 8:30 a.m. - Noon for season ticket holders and will be available for the general public after 12 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.To order tickets contact the Oregon State Ticket Office at (541) 737-4455 or 1-800-GOBEAVS.

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