Lady Griz to host Washington State in WNIT

2014-03-17T21:23:00Z 2014-03-18T17:25:04Z Lady Griz to host Washington State in WNITGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 17, 2014 9:23 pm  • 

The Montana women’s basketball team received a bid Monday to play in the Women’s National Invitational tournament.

The Lady Griz will host Washington State of the Pac-12 Conference on Wednesday at Dahlberg Arena. Tip time is 7 p.m.

It marks Montana’s 26th national tournament appearance and its fourth time playing in the WNIT. The winner of the Montana-Washington State game will face either San Diego or Cal Poly in the Round of 32.

Washington State is 17-16 overall and finished 9-9 in the Pac-12. The Cougars, coached by June Daugherty, placed fifth in the league standings. They beat Oregon and No. 24 Cal in the conference tournament before losing in the semifinals 70-60 to Oregon State.

The Cougars are led by the duo of Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira, who average 19.3 and 18.4 points per game, respectively.

The Lady Griz (22-10) made it to the championship game of the Big Sky tournament but lost 72-55 to North Dakota. Montana is led by three players who average double-digit points: Kellie Cole (13.8 ppg), Torry Hill (12.8) and Jordan Sullivan (11.5). Hill, though, is not expected to play due to injury.

UM's Carly Selvig was named the Big Sky's defensive player of the year after leading in the league in blocked shots.

Southern Utah (22-9) also earned a WNIT bid for the Big Sky. The Thunderbirds will travel to play Colorado State on Thursday. 

The Women's NIT, which started in 1998, is a 64-team tournament. Drexel won last year’s championship.

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