Women's Basketball Invited To WNIT; Beavers Earn First Round Bye And Host Saturday Night

March 16, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's basketball team has been selected to play in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, it was announced Monday night. The Beavers have a first-round bye and will play the winner of Portland-Portland State Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. PT start.

The Beavers made the WNIT as the automatic berth from the Pacific-10 Conference after finishing tied for fourth in the league in 2008-09.

Tickets to the WNIT will be available beginning Tuesday morning by visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting osubeavers.com. Reserved tickets are $11, and adult general admission seats are $8. Senior/youth tickets are $6 while Oregon State students can get tickets to the game for $4 with a student ID card (limit one ticket per student).

Season ticket holders are able to purchase their own seats until 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Season ticket holders can only purchase their regular season seats by visiting the ticket office or calling 1-800-GOBEAVS. They can not be purchased online. Season ticket locations not purchased by Tuesday at 6 p.m. will be made available to the public on Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Oregon State comes into the WNIT with a 19-11 overall record after finishing the Pac-10 regular season with a 9-9 mark. The Beavers won their final four games of the regular season to finish in a tie for fourth with UCLA and USC. Paired with UCLA at the Pac-10 Tournament, after earning the fifth seed due to the league's tiebreaker rules, the Beavers narrowly lost to the Bruins, 62-56, in the quarterfinals.

It is the second WNIT trip for the Beavers under head coach LaVonda Wagner. The Beavers made the WNIT in 2005-06, her first season at Oregon State.

Portland (West Coast Conference) and Portland State (Big Sky) both earned automatic bids into the tournament. Portland finished the 2008-09 season with a 17-13 overall record and 10-4 mark in conference play. Portland State, meanwhile, posted a 22-9 record through the regular season and finished with a 14-2 mark in Big Sky games. The Vikings lost to Oregon State, 58-24, on Dec. 7 at Gill Coliseum.

The teams will play Thursday night and Portland State with the winner venturing to Gill Coliseum Saturday night.

Other teams in Oregon State's portion of the bracket include Southern Utah, New Mexico and Nebraska; one of those three could be the Beavers' third-round opponent should OSU win Saturday. The remaining teams in the bracket are UT-Arlington, Oklahoma State, UC Riverside, Creighton, Arkansas and Kansas.

For more information on the WNIT and to see a full bracket, visit www.womensnit.com.

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