Oregon St. To Meet UC-Davis Thursday In WNIT

Ali Gibson and the Oregon St. Beavers will be back in action Thursday at Gill Coliseum, in the WNIT, against UC-Davis. Utah will be too, as 5 teams from the Pac-12 are in the field of 64. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. is one of 5 Pac-12 teams to be selected for the 64 team field for the Women's NIT. The Beavers (18-12, 9-9) will host UC-Davis Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

The Aggies finished with a 17-12 record, and 9-7 and in a 3 way tie for third in the Big West Conference.

The winner will meet the winner of the UNLV-St. Marys game, which will also be on Thursday night. Oregon St. fans will recall St. Marys thrashed the Beavers 81-61 back before Christmas.

A win in that game could produce a rematch with either of 2 Pac-12 foes, as the adjacent group of 4 teams in bracket includes both Washington, who will host Cal-Poly Wednesday night, and Utah, who hosts in-state rival Utah St. Thursday.

It's the 8th time Oregon St. has made the WNIT, with the last appearance in 2009.

Arizona St. also is in the field, and the Sun Devils open with a visit to Pacific on Friday.

Colorado rounds out the Pac-12's representation in the WNIT tournament, and will host Northern Colorado on Wednesday.

Pac-12 Gets Just 2 Teams Into the NCAA Tournament

Just as happened with the men's teams, the Pac-12 only received 2 bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Second ranked Stanford (31-1, 18-0), the regular season and conference tournament champions, received the #1 seed in the Fresno (West) region, but the Cardinal must head east first, playing the Hampton Pirates (26-4, 15-1), the regular season and conference tournament champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Saturday. Stanford's second round opponent would be the winner of the West Virginia-Texas game.

California (24-9, 13-5), after finishing second to Stanford in both the regular season and the tournament, takes on Iowa (19-11, 11-5) in South Bend, IN, on Sunday. The Hawkeyes finished in a 4 way tie for second place in the Big 10. It's a tough draw for the Golden Bears, as Iowa, being much closer, will bring a much larger supporting entourage. And if California prevails, their next opponent is likely Big East Champion Notre Dame, the #4 ranked team in the country, and one of the 4 #1 seeds in the tournament, and the game will be on the Irish's home court.

Scouting UC-Davis

The Aggies are led in both scoring and rebounding by Samantha Maggison, a 5'11" senior guard who averages 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Kasey Riecks, a 5'11" senior forward also averages 8.3 points per game for UC_Davis, and also leads the her team in shots taken from both inside and beyond the 3 point arc.

"They like to shoot the 3," Oregon St. coach Scott Rueck said. "They spread the 5, and shoot the 3 a lot. (Playing) the Ducks (who play a similar offense) has prepared us well."

Defensively, UC-Davis typically runs a couple of different zone schemes.

The Aggies have played 2 other Pac-12 teams this season, narrowly edging Washington 69-68 on Veterans' Day at Hec Edmunson Pavillion, and getting run off the Farm by Stanford by a 93-44 score back on Nov. 30.

Go Beavs!

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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