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WSU women’s basketball earns first NCAA Tournament bid in 30 years

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WSU Women's Basketball vs Arizona on the campus of Washington State University, Sunday, January, 10, 2021.

For the first time in three decades, Washington State University’s women’s basketball team is participating in the NCAA Tournament.

WSU is the No. 9 seed in the Mercado Region and is set to play the No. 8 seed South Florida in the first round of the tournament Sunday, March 21 in Austin, Texas.

The team earned its at-large bid following their sixth winning season in program history during the NCAA era. WSU went 12-11 in the COVID-19-shortened 2020-21 season.

“It’s hard to process the fact that we got into the NCAA Tournament. What an exciting moment for our team,” said Head Coach Kamie Ethridge. “A lot of Cougs fans have been out there watching us this season that are really proud and excited for this program. I just love our story. The fact that we have only been to one NCAA Tournament ever and we wait exactly 30 years later to play in our next one is a neat story. We want to become relevant in women’s college basketball and become a household-name across the country. This is the first step, to get into the NCAA Tournament and make some waves. We’re going to play a great South Florida team.”

For more information on WSU women’s basketball and other WSU athletics teams, visit the WSU Athletics website.

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