Cowgirls Return to WNIT; Host New Mexico St Thursday
The Wyoming women’s basketball team was invited to play in the 2018 Women's NIT, their eighth post-season berth in coach Joe Legerski's 15 years. Wyoming will host New Mexico State in the first round on Thursday night at the AA. Tip will be 6: 30 p.m.
““I am happy for our players and excited to be in the WNIT field,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “This is a great opportunity for our team and the challenge will be tremendous. To be able to host a game, speaks volumes of our administration and fan base."
The Cowgirls finished third in the MWC, going 13-5 in the conference and 21-10 overall. The 13 victories equal the most conference wins in franchise history, and the ninth time they reached 20 wins in Legerski's tenure.
Three members of the team were recently recognized as the Mountain West announced the 2018 All-Conference Team, while Legerski was selected the 2018 Coach of the Year by his peers. Senior Liv Roberts was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and to the All-MW Team while junior Marta Gomez was selected as the Sixth Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, and junior Bailee Cotton earned a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team.
Last season, the Cowgirls defeated Seattle, 68-52 in the Women's NIT before falling in overtime 68-67 to Washington State. Prior to that, the team advanced to the Second Round in 2006, won the 2007 WNIT title, moved in to the Third Round in 2010 and 2011 and First Round play in 2013. Wyoming earned the schools’ first-ever bid to the NCAA Women’s Tournament in 2008.
Tickets are priced at $13/adult & $9/youth, with limited courtside seats also available for $25. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at 307-766-7220 or in person 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Wyoming Athletic Ticket Office.
Season ticket holders will have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday to claim their regular-season seats for this post-season event. Tickets may be purchased by calling or visiting the ticket office. Any unclaimed season ticket holder seats will be released to the public at 9 a.m. on Thursday..
Student tickets will also be available for $5/ticket.
Fans who have a Cowgirl Basketball season parking pass may use that pass for parking at the game.
Dates of the WNIT schedule:
Round 1 – March 14-16
Round 2 – March 17-20
Round 3 – March 21-23
Round 4 – March 24-26
Semifinals – March 28-29
Championship – Saturday, March 31, 3 p.m. ET