March 18, 2013
SEATTLE -- The surprising season for Washington women's basketball will continue this week as the Dawgs have been selected to the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Huskies will face Eastern Washington in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m.
The other half of the bracket includes Arkansas Little Rock facing Pacific in Stockton. The WNIT does not announce who hosts the second round games until after the first round has been played. The full bracket is available above.
The Dawgs were selected to the WNIT for the second-straight season. A year ago, Washington made a run in the WNIT, winning three games to advance to the quarterfinals. The Huskies earned wins over Cal Poly, Utah and Oregon State, before falling at the hands of San Diego.
Washington has not faced Eastern Washington since 2009, but is 21-1 all-time against the Eagles. Overall, the Dawgs have won 16 in-a-row against Eastern. The Eagles finished the regular season with a record of 19-12 and were knocked out of the Big Sky Tournament by Northern Colorado in the second round.
The Eagles are led by sophomore guard Lexie Nelson who averages 14.6 points per game. Similar to the Huskies, they shoot the 3-pointer at a high rate, but have struggled on the boards.
All-time, Washington is making its fifth appearance in the WNIT. The Dawgs are 7-4 in the four tournaments they have played so far. Washington debuted in the WNIT in 1999, while also appearing in 2002, 2004 and last season. The Dawgs are 4-0 in the first round of the tournament.
The WNIT selection means the continuation of the careers of seniors Kristi Kingma and Jeneva Anderson. Kingma has already set the Washington record for 3-pointers in a season with 83. She also has moved into second all-time with 212 for her career.
Other players approaching milestones are Aminah Williams and Jazmine Davis. Williams needs just nine more rebounds to tie Margie Nielsen for second all-time for a single season with 339. Davis is already UW's all-time leading scorer through two seasons. Her 544 points this season ranks fifth at UW for a single season.
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