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Women take on Northern Iowa in NIT

March 18, 2003

By Julie Huval

The Lady Bear basketball team has been selected to be home for a first round game in the 32-team 2003 women's postseason National Invitational Tournament.

The Lady Bears will face the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Ferrell Special Events Center. A total of 19 conferences have teams in the WNIT.

First-round games will be played Wednesday through Friday.µ

Baylor enters the game with a 20-10 record.

Northern Iowa is 18-11 on the year and finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 12-6 league record.

This will be Baylor's third appearance in the postseason Women's NIT. The Lady Bears played four games in the 1998 tournament.

Baylor defeated Mississippi State University (75-65), Oklahoma State University (54-47) and Louisiana State University (66-61) before losing to Penn State University in the championship game 59-56.

In 1999 Baylor played two games at home, defeating the University of Texas-Arlington (71-60) and losing in overtime to Rice University (62-60).

Tickets for Baylor's first round WNIT game are on sale at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Ticket prices are $7 for students, $10 for reserved seats and $16 for courtside/center court seats.

Baylor women's basketball season ticket holders must purchase their tickets by noon Tuesday in order to retain their seats.

The women's basketball team won their first round game in the Big 12 Conference against Texas A&M University on March 11 at Reunion Arena in Dallas. Baylor defeated the Lady Aggies 80-61.

The women's next opponent, Kansas State University, gave the Lady Bears a ticket home. Kansas State defeated Baylor 77-60 Wednesday. Kansas State then lost to Texas Tech University in the semifinals.

Five Big 12 Conference teams have received bids to the NCAA Division I basketball tournament.

The University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Kansas State, the University of Colorado and the University of Oklahoma will represent the Big 12 Conference during the 2003 tournament.