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#AztecWBB to Host UCSB in WNIT First Round

Erimma Amarikwa and the Aztecs will square off against UCSB on Wednesday in the first round of the WNIT.
Erimma Amarikwa and the Aztecs will square off against UCSB on Wednesday in the first round of the WNIT.

March 18, 2013

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- The San Diego State women's basketball team will make its fourth postseason appearance in five years on Wednesday, March 20, when it plays host to UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) at Viejas Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. PT.

The Aztecs (26-6, 15-1 MW), who tied the program record for wins in a single season, captured the Mountain West regular-season title for the second year in a row and posted the school's second-longest unbeaten streak with 17 consecutive victories. Meanwhile, the Gauchos finished fourth in the Big West Conference, logging a 16-16 overall record and an 11-7 mark in league play. The winner of Wednesday's contest will meet the victor of the Brigham Young-Idaho State clash in the second round with a date, time and location to be determined.

SDSU owns a 14-6 lead in the all-time series, but has not faced UCSB since a road tilt in Santa Barbara during the 1998-99 campaign.

The Aztecs' last trip to the WNIT occurred in 1989, when the Scarlet and Black defeated Radford and Murray State in the first two rounds, before falling to Oregon in the championship finals.

General admission tickets for all WNIT games at Viejas Arena are $10 and will go on sale Tuesday, March 19 at 9 a.m. Tickets may be purchased by logging on to www.goaztecs.com, by calling (619) 619-283-7378 or visiting the Aztec Ticket Office, Window E at Qualcomm Stadium.

About the 2013 WNIT
The Women's National Invitation Tournament consists of 64 Division I women's basketball teams who compete at participating schools including the semifinals and the championships. Every round is single elimination. This year's field features 36 teams with 20 or more wins.

First-round action tips off on Wednesday, March 20 and concludes on Friday, March 22. Second-round games begin March 23-25, round three March 27-29, quarterfinals March 30-April 1, and semifinals April 3-4. The championship game will be played on Saturday, April 6 and will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Network. All games are hosted by participating schools.