Cowgirls Receive Invitation to 2011 WNIT, Will Host Portland State on Wed., March 16

March 14, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team received an invitation to the 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Monday evening. Wyoming will host the Portland State Vikings on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in a WNIT First Round Game Presented by Laramie GM Auto Center. Wyoming is returning to the WNIT after making it to the Third Round in 2010.

Tickets to Wednesday's game are on sale on-line now at WyomingAthletics.com and will be 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. For this game, the first 500 students can get in free courtesy of University Wyoming Athletics donors. They can come to the Campus Entrance on the night of the game.

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 on-line through WyomingAthletics.com. The UW Athletics Ticket Office phone numbers are: (877) 996-3261 or (307) 766-4850.

This year's WNIT appearance by the Cowgirls marks the fifth postseason tournament berth in head coach Joe Legerski's eight seasons at Wyoming. UW will be playing in the WNIT for the fourth 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. Wyoming also earned the school's 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," Legerski said. "This now makes five out of the last six years that the Wyoming program has played in postseason and 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 WNIT committee selected 64 teams for its 2011 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 16-18.

The entire schedule for this year's WNIT is as follows:
Round 1: Wed.-Fri., March 16-18
Round 2: Sat.-Mon., March 19-21
Round 3: Wed.-Fri., March 23-25
Quarterfinals: Sat.-Mon., March 26-28
Semifinals: Wed.-Thurs., March 30-31
Championship: Sat., April 2

The Cowboy Joe Club & UW Athletic Department invites fans to the official WNIT Pregame Hospitality prior to the Cowgirls' First Round WNIT game on Wednesday from (5:30-7 p.m.), in the Paul & Marge Roach Hall at War Memorial Lobby on the south end of War Memorial Fieldhouse. The pregame hospitality is open to the public. Cost for the pregame function will be: FREE for Gold Card Cowboy Joe Club members, $5 for Brown Card Cowboy Joe Club members and $10 for the general public. A light meal will be served and complimentary pop or bottled water will be offered. A cash bar will also be available with costs of $3 for beer.