Washington setup a NIT central on Tuesday, releasing game time and ticket information for both women’s and men’s basketball teams. The women will host Cal Poly at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Edmundson Pavilion. It’s the first meeting between the schools, but UW was 3-1 against the Mustangs’ Big West Conference this season.
Washington hasn’t advanced to traditional postseason play since 2007, losing in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Huskies lost in the second round of the inaugural Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2010.
The ticket office is open and fans can make purchases by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200. Pricing, as listed on Washington’s site, is provided below:
WNIT RESERVED TICKET PRICES
Reserved (rows 1-20): $13
(rows 21 and above):
Youth/Senior/UW Student: $4
Groups (15+): $4
The winner of the Washington-Cal Poly game plays the winner of the Utah-Utah State game this weekend. Although UW would prefer to host throughout the tournament, the host site is the WNIT’s decision with determining factors being fan base, seeding, facility availability and bids to host, according to the organization’s website.
UW has played Utah State once in school history, winning 100-85 in 1981 on the road. The Huskies lost to the Utes, newcomers to the Pac-12, 49-36 in overtime at Hec Ed in Januray.
The Huskies were last in the WNIT in 2004, posting a 4-3 all-time record in three total appearances. UW has faced a conference rival twice in the format, losing to Oregon 77-73 in 2002. The defeat ended Washington’s best run in the WNIT, defeating North Texas (82-61) and Southern California (97-87) in the opening rounds.
The Ducks were the eventual champions in 2002, scoring in the final seconds against Houston to win before a season-high 6,835 fans at McArthur Court in Eugene.
Toledo won the title in 2011. The Rockets hosted all six games, defeating Delaware, Auburn, Alabama, Syracuse, Charlotte, and USC. Toledo sold out its semifinal and championship games with more than 7,000 fans attending each game, setting school and conference attendance records.
Here’s a link to the complete WNIT bracket.