Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team will host Arizona State in the first round of the WNIT on Friday at the Alex G. Spanos Center at 7 p.m.
Pacific (17-13 overall) finished tied for third in the Big West at 9-7. The Tigers advanced to the semifinals, where they were upended by eventual tournament champion UC Santa Barbara.
The berth in the WNIT is the Tigers' second post-season bid in program history, and first under head coach Lynne Roberts. Pacific was invited to the WNIT in 1995 (then known as the NWIT).
"It's a great honor to host a WNIT game in the Spanos Center and we look forward to having the Pac-12's Arizona State on Friday," Roberts said. "I'm proud of our team's entire body of work this season and this post-season bid is a testament to these players' hard work and commitment. I have a tremendous amount of respect for ASU's program and anticipate a great game on Friday. I hope the community comes out to support our team and watch great basketball."
Arizona State (20-11) finished fourth in the Pac-12 this year, with a 10-8 conference mark. The two squads share three common opponents, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, and Eastern Washington, with each team going undefeated (ASU 3-0, Pacific 5-0).
The winner of Friday's game will advance to the second round to face the winner of San Diego and Big West member Cal State Northridge.
The Big West put five teams into post-season play. In addition to Pacific and Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly earned an automatic bid to the WNIT and will face Washington while UC Davis will visit Oregon State. BWC tournament champ UC Santa Barbara will face No. 1 Baylor in the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers did not lose a game in regulation to an opponent that did not receive a post-season invitation (Pacific lost at UC Irvine, 77-75, in overtime).
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday at the Pacific ticket office at 10 am. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $4 for students.