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ISU basketball heading to Women’s National Invitation Tournament

March 19, 2019

Idaho State secured a postseason bid to a national women’s basketball tournament for the first time since 2013.

The Women’s National Invitation Tournament announced Monday that the Bengals earned an at-large berth for the 64-team tournament.

Idaho State will launch its fifth appearance in the tournament on Thursday at Arizona in the first round. It will be a return trip, as the Bengals suffered a 71-46 loss at Arizona on Nov. 9.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to keep playing,” ISU coach Seton Sobolewski stated in an ISU press release. “We were crossing our fingers hoping to get a postseason bid, and we are excited about the WNIT. It is a big deal to be invited as an at-large to a national tournament”

The Bengals are one of three Big Sky teams to make the WNIT field. Idaho secured an automatic bid because of finishing first in the Big Sky standings, while Northern Colorado made the tournament as an at-large team after placing second in the standings. Big Sky cohort Portland State clinched the conference tournament title to earn an NCAA tournament bid.

Idaho State (20-10) enters the WNIT after being eliminated in the Big Sky tournament quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed, losing to sixth-seeded Eastern Washington on March 12.

Idaho State’s last appearance in the WNIT was in 2013, when the Bengals were eliminated in the first round after a 69-54 loss at BYU.