Waves Women Travel To Washington In WNIT First Round Friday
Complete WNIT Bracket
March 14, 2004
MALIBU -- The Pepperdine women's basketball team, coming off a 17-12 season, will travel to Washington to play the Huskies (17-12) in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), Friday, March 19, at Bank of America Arena. The game time will be announced Monday.
The winner of Friday's game in Seattle will face either Creighton or Colorado State in the second round, with the site to be determined. Pepperdine has yet to play either three teams in the 2003-04 season. The Waves are joined with Gonzaga as the only other West Coast Conference (WCC) team in the 32-team WNIT field. Oregon State host Gonzaga Friday, March 19.
The West Coast Conference has two teams in the WNIT field for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Gonzaga makes its second WNIT appearance, while Pepperdine make its third. A total of 14 conferences have teams in the WNIT.
Pepperdine comes to Seattle with the same record as the Huskies, 17-12. The Waves finished tied for second-place in the West Coast Conference standings with Gonzaga with a 10-4 mark. Pepperdine advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament, falling to the Bulldogs in overtime, 66-64. Washington and Pepperdine have met just once before, a game which the Huskies won 84-64 at the Hawaii Paradise Classic on Dec. 20, 1992.
Washington finished the regular season in sixth place in the Pac-10 Conference standings and advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament for the second-straight year. The Huskies have won four of their last six games heading into WNIT action. Last time on the floor, UW defeated USC 67-50 in the Pac-10 tourney quarterfinals March 6, before falling to Arizona in the semifinals, 77-55, March 7.
First-round games will be played beginning Wednesday, March 17 through Friday, March 19.
All tournament games are played at participating schools. No seeds are designated. The following are the tournament pairings, teams and their records. Game times will be announced Monday, March 15, by the WNIT and host schools. For more information, visit the Web site at www.womensnit.com.