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Gonzaga To Host UC Davis In WNIT Opener

March 17, 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team will have at least one more home game this season as the Bulldogs (24-8) were selected to host a first-round game in this year's Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Gonzaga will host UC Davis on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Tickets prices for this game are $10 reserved, $7 general admission adults, $5 general admission children and seniors and $5 for Gonzaga students with student ID. Gonzaga women's basketball season ticket holders and current Bulldog Club Members can purchase tickets before the general public by calling 323-6000 on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public Wednesday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest at 325-SEAT, ticketswest.com or any TicketWest outlet.

Gonzaga, who is playing in its third WNIT in five seasons, enters into its contest with UC Davis with a 24-8 mark. The Bulldogs were crowned the West Coast Conference regular-season champions for the fourth-straight season after going 13-1, but lost to the University of San Diego in the conference tournament finals to miss out on their second-straight automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

In its first year as a full-fledged Division I program and as a member of the Big West Conference, UC Davis enters the WNIT field with a 19-11 overall record and finished conference with a 12-4 mark, earning the No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament. The Aggies, who became only the second team in league history - and the first since Long Beach State in 1986 - to make the tournament championship game in their first year in the conference, lost in the Big West finals to UC Santa Barbara.

The Bulldogs and Aggies are meeting for the second time this season and the third time in the past two years. Gonzaga won the previous two contests, including a 71-58 victory at the Pavilion on the campus of UC Davis on Dec. 6, 2007.

The winner of Thursday's matchup travels to Boulder, Colo., to take on the University of Colorado on Monday, March 24. The Buffaloes (16-13) earned a bye into the second round of the WNIT after finishing ninth in the Big 12 with a 5-11 record.