PortlandState has learned its fate for the Women's National Invitation Tournament and it couldn't have gone much better. The Viks will host cross-town rival Portland at the PeterW.StottCenter in the first round.
PortlandState is 22-9 on the season, while the Pilots are 17-13.
"I'm glad we made history at PortlandState and to be in our first postseason," said PSU second year Head Coach Sherri Murrell. "It's just a compliment to the team and how hard they have worked. This program has come a long way in four years. I look forward to hosting our first game against Portland."
The winner of Thursday's game advances to play at OregonState on Saturday.
When: Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Where: Peter W. Stott Center (930 SW Hall)
Time: 7:00 pm
Tickets can purchased through the PSU athletic ticket office at 503-725-3307.
100 complimentary tickets will be made available to students.
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Thursday, April 17th at Pioneer Square from 5:00 am - 7:00 am
The head coaches of Portland State and Portland will be on hand.
Channel 8 News will be present.
The Vikings will be making their first-ever postseason appearance since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 1996-97. They finished second in the Big Sky Conference regular season standings this year to secure an automatic bid into the WNIT.
PSU has already played Portland once this season, claiming a 72-56 win at the StottCenter back on Nov. 26, and has won both meetings against the Pilots since Murrell took over the program.
Overall, the Pilots have a slim 22-19 lead in the series, but PSU holds a 11-9 advantage in games at the StottCenter.
While this is PortlandState's first postseason appearance at the DI level, they Viks did make five-straight trips to the Division II national playoffs from 1992-1996. They finished third in the nation in 1992 and second in 1995.
The Vikings 14-2 mark in the Big Sky this season was their best-ever since joining the conference for the 1996-97 season. They advanced to the conference tournament title game against Montana this past Saturday, but fell 69-62, to miss out on an NCAA Tournament berth.
Portland went 10-4 in the West Coast Conference to place second, but fell in the WCC Tournament semifinals.