UPDATE: Washington State will host Eastern Washington on Wednesday in the opening round of the WNIT at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU (17-13) and EWU (20-11) will meet for the first time since 2007 when the Cougs won, 70-59, in Cheney. WSU leads the all-time series 26-10. The winner will face the winner of Pacific and Sacramento State who play Thursday.
Tickets for the first round of the NIT will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Reserved seats are $12 for adults and $8 for youth. General Admission seats are $8 for adults and $6 for youth. The first 500 WSU students will be free with their Cougar Card. Tickets can be purchased online at wsucougars.com, over the phone at 1-800-GO-COUGS, or in person at the WSU Athletic Ticket Office.
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Washington State is returning to the postseason for the second straight season. The Cougars accepted an invitation to play in the Women’s NIT.
“We are excited and are looking forward to the opportunity to continue to improve and represent Washington State in a chase for a championship,” WSU coach June Daugherty stated. “We were right there in the ‘First Four Out’ as an NCAA participant but came up a little short. We are looking forward to representing the Pac-12 conference in the WNIT and can’t wait to see who we get to play.”
The official WNIT bracket, which will include matchups and dates, will be announced by 8:30pm Monday. Game times will be announced by officials on Tuesday. For complete information on the tournament, please visit www.womensnit.com
Daugherty has led the Cougars to back-to-back postseason berths for the first time in program history. WSU earned a trip to the WNIT last season, falling to Montana in Missoula in the opening round.
The Cougs finished the season at 17-14 overall. WSU had four wins over NCAA RPI top-50 teams in Dayton (13), Maryland (6), at Gonzaga (39) and at Washington (33) while finishing seventh in the Pac-12 conference at 7-11.
WSU junior G Lia Galdeira, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, is second the conference in scoring (19.6 points per game) and owns a league-best 99 steals. Senior G Tia Presley, a three-time all-conference honoree, is fifth in the league in scoring (16.9 per game) and fourth in steals (65).