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SEATTLE (March 15) – The Seattle University women’s basketball team travels to Wyoming for a first-round WNIT game on Thursday, March 16. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. (Mountain)/5:30 p.m. (Pacific) at the Arena-Auditorium.

The Redhawks (15-17) will represent the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) as the league’s automatic qualifier. SU finished second in the WAC regular-season standings, earning the conference’s spot in the WNIT.

Wyoming (21-9) is an at-large selection from the Mountain West Conference (MWC). It finished second in the MWC standings, but lost to Fresno State in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

Seattle U advanced to the WAC Championship game last weekend, dropping a 63-48 decision to New Mexico State. Kaylee Best and Wilma Afunugo were both named to the all-tournament team. Best made two go-ahead free throws with 9.8 seconds left against Utah Valley, lifting the Redhawks to a 61-60 win in the WAC semifinals. Afunugo posted the first two double-doubles of her career in the tournament, including a 19-point, 15-rebound effort against UVU.

Coach Suzy Barcomb, in her first season at SU, has led one of the top turnarounds in the nation. Seattle U is one of just 10 schools to increase its conference win total by seven or more games from last season to this one. After being picked to finish seventh in the WAC preseason polls, the Redhawks took second in the regular season and made it to the WAC Championship game.

Alexis Montgomery was chosen All-WAC First Team and All-Defensive Team, while Best was an All-WAC Second Team pick. Kamira Sanders won WAC Freshman of the Year.

For Wyoming, Coach Joe Legerski is in his 14th season. He led the Cowgirls to the 2007 WNIT title and has guided UW to seven postseason appearances. Liv Roberts, an All-MW and All-Defensive Team selection, is out for the season with a knee injury. She led the team in scoring and rebounding this season.

Wyoming won the lone previous meeting between the two schools, a 70-51 contest at UW on Jan. 19, 2011.

The winner of Thursday’s game will face the winner of the BYU/Washington State contest this weekend.

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