March 12, 2000
East Lansing, MI - The Michigan State women's basketball team received a bid to the Women's National Invitational Tournament and will host Villanova in the first round on Wednesday, March 15 at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The winner of the game between the Spartans and Wildcats will face the winner of the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game that will be played on Thursday, March 16. Second-round games are played between March 17-19 at sites to be determined.
The Spartans, who are 17-11 overall, are making their second straight WNIT appearance and received their fourth postseason berth in the last five years. Last season, MSU advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament before losing to Big Ten rival Wisconsin, 70-69 in overtime.
Villanova is 15-14 overall and tied with Miami and Pittsburgh for sixth place in the Big East with a 7-9 mark.
"We are grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue our season in the WNIT," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "As of tonight, there are only 96 teams still playing in Division I. Just two of those teams will end their season with a win - the NCAA Champion and the WNIT Champion - and we want to close out our year on a winning note.
"Obviously, we are disappointed not to be in the NCAA Tournament," Langeland added. "Any time you fall short of the goals you set, there's letdown. We certainly had the opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament, but the bottom line is we didn't take care of business during the regular season. We had some great wins over nationally ranked teams, but we also had some bad losses and the four straight defeats at the end of the season hurt our chances of making the tournament."
Tickets for Wednesday's game can be purchased at the Jenison Field House Athletic Ticket Office and are $6 for adults and $3 for MSU students, senior citizens and youths 18-and-under.