Women to play Wyoming in National Invitation Tournament

3/13/2007 7:00:00 AM

The Nevada women's basketball team will play Thursday at Wyoming in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

This marks the first postseason appearance for Nevada, which finished 17-14 and in third place in the Western Athletic Conference.

"This is a great opportunity for our team and I am very excited for our seniors to have a chance to keep playing," Nevada coach Kim Gervasoni said. "Wyoming is a great team and we are going to have to bring our 'A' game."

The time of Thursday's game in Laramie has not been determined.

The game is a rematch of an 80-71 Wyoming win when the teams met on Nov. 25 at the Coors Classic hosted by Colorado. Traci Graham and Dellena Criner each scored 15 points in that game while Jessica Preslar added 10 points.

Wyoming was 21-9 this year and lost in the Mountain West Conference semifinals.

"They are an excellent passing team and they execute really well in the half court," Gervasoni said.

The winner of the Nevada-Wyoming game will meet Missouri.

The WNIT expanded its field to 48 teams this year and, as part of the expansion, is giving an automatic bid to each Division I conference in the country. Louisiana Tech declined the invitation and Nevada, which finished third in the WAC standings, accepted on Monday.


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