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Wyoming Cowgirls Host WNIT First Round Game Thursday

The Wyoming Cowgirls are back in the post-season in 2013. For the seventh time in school history, UW received an invitation to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Monday evening. Wyoming will host the Northern Colorado Bears, on Thursday, March 21, in a WNIT First Round Game at 7 p.m. This is the fifth time in the last eight years Wyoming has made an appearance in the WNIT.

This year’s WNIT appearance by the Cowgirls marks the sixth postseason tournament berth in head coach Joe Legerski’s ten seasons at Wyoming.  UW will be playing in the WNIT for the fifth time during Legerski’s tenure, advancing to the Second Round in 2006, winning the 2007 WNIT title and moving in to the Third Round in 2010 and 2011.  Wyoming also earned the schools’ first-ever bid to the NCAA Women’s Tournament in 2008.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to play at this time of the season,” said Cowgirl head coach Joe Legerski. “This now makes six years that the Wyoming program has played in postseason in my time here. We look forward to the challenges ahead. The ability to host a game reflects the commitment by our administration and our great fan support.”

The Cowgirls have an 11-7 all-time record in the WNIT. Their best finish came in 2007, when UW had their amazing run and finished as WNIT Champions.

Wyoming Cowgirl basketball in the WNIT can be heard on KOWB. Coverage will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets to Thursday’s game are on sale online now at www.gowyo.com and at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning through the University of Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office.  Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $7 for children (3-18) and $5 for UW students.

Cowgirl Basketball season-ticket holders who wish to reserve their regular-season seats must either call the UW Athletics Ticket Office or drop by the ticket office prior to noon on the day of the game.  Season-ticket holders will not be able to reserve their regular-season seats online through www.gowyo.com.  The UW Athletics Ticket Office phone numbers are: (877) 996-3261 or (307) 766-4850.

The WNIT committee selects 64 teams for its 2013 Postseason WNIT. The field will consist of 31 automatic berths and 33 at-large teams.  First Round games will be played over a three-day period Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 20-22.  The entire schedule for this year’s WNIT is as follows:

 

Round 1:                               Wed.-Fri., March 20-22

Round 2:                               Sat.-Mon., March 23-25

Round 3:                               Wed.-Fri., March 27-29

Quarterfinals:                      Sat.-Mon., March 30-April 1

Semifinals:                           Wed.-Thurs., April 3-4

Championship:                   Sat., April 6

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