March 16, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming athletics director Lee Moon announced on Sunday night that the Women's National Invitation Tournament has named Wyoming to its field of 32 teams for the 2003 WNIT. The Cowgirls will host the University of Montana Grizzlies, on Friday March 21, with the time to be determined.
"We want to congratulate the Cowgirls on a great season," said athletics director Lee Moon. "For them to have the opportunity to compete in the WNIT is a positive step for our program."
Wyoming (17-11 overall, 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference) finished in sixth place during the regular conference season and lost in the first round of the MWC tournament to the Colorado State Rams. Montana (20-9 overall, 10-4 in the Big Sky Conference) finished third in the Big Sky and lost in the semi-finals of their conference tournament to Montana State.
"I'm extremely excited for the ladies," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "They waited all day to find out if we were going to get in, so to be chosen and able to host is a real credit to our administration. I think falling to CSU in the tournament was obviously disappointing, but to know that we could be in post-season play has really kept us fired up."
"I don't know a great deal about Montana at this point, but we'll have the next four days to find out more about them. I think we'll definitely be ready and I hope everyone comes out to support us. I'm just so proud of the ladies to get us this far."
For the Cowgirls, this is only the second time in school history that a Wyoming team has reached postseason. Their only other appearance was the 1989-90 season when they went 0-3 falling to Toledo, Fresno State and Maine, in a round robin format.
Tickets for Friday's game in Laramie will go on sale at 8:00 a.m., Monday, March 17 and can be purchased at the Wyoming Student Union, the UW Ticket Office and the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for students.