March 19, 2013
Utah at Long Beach State
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. PT
Radio: ESPN 700/espn700sports.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team has received an invitation to the Women's National Invitation Tournament for the second-straight season. The Utes will travel to California to face Long Beach State in the first round on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. PT.
Utah has won seven of its last 10 games. The Utes went 1-1 at the Pac-12 Tournament, defeating Arizona before falling to eventual tournament runner-up UCLA.
"This is an exciting time of the year," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "It's fun to be playing in March. We've had great practices the last few days getting ourselves ready for our opponent. Now that we know who we are going to play, we will get ready to play a Long Beach team that is playing really well."
Long Beach State is 16-15 on the year and 9-9 in the Big West. The 49ers have played three Pac-12 teams this season, defeating Washington and Arizona and falling to Stanford.
Utah is 3-2 all-time against Long Beach State, winning the last three games. The two teams most recently played a home-and-home in 2006 and 2007, with the Utes winning both games.
The Utes have made previously made six appearances in the WNIT (1979, 1984, 1999, 2007, 2010 and 2012). Utah is 4-9 overall in the tournament. The Utes have gone 1-1 during each of their last three appearances in 2012, 2010 and 2007. Last season, Utah defeated Utah State in the first round of the tournament before falling at Washington in the second round.