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K-State women selected for WNIT

By Joshua Kinder

The Kansas State women’s basketball team isn’t done just yet.

K-State was selected Monday night to play in the Women’s NIT as an automatic qualifier from the Big 12. The Wildcats will host Texas Southern Thursday night at Bramlage Coliseum, tipping off at 7.

This is K-State’s third straight postseason appearance and 11th in the last 12 seasons. It’s the Wildcats’ first WNIT appearance since 2007 when K-State advanced to the semifinals.

With the Wildcats’ WNIT bid, K-State is one of eight Big 12 schools to advance to the postseason this season, joining seven that were selected to play in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats, who won the 2006 WNIT, are 15-17 overall this season and 5-13 in Big 12 play. K-State defeated Texas in the opening round of the Big 12 Championship on March 8, but lost to Baylor in the quarterfinals — the Wildcats’ third loss to the top-ranked Bears this season.

Texas Southern enters the contest with a 20-11 overall record this season, including a 16-2 mark in the SWAC. K-State leads the series with the Tigers 1-0 after defeating Texas Southern 84-41 in 2000 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Tigers are coached by Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2010 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Tigers and Wildcats share four common opponents this season, including Oklahoma State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, UTEP and Mississippi Valley State. Texas Southern swept Mississippi Valley State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff and lost to UTEP (61-52) and Oklahoma State (92-49). K-State split with the Cowgirls, defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 89-55 and lost at home to UTEP 52-50.

Thursday’s winner will play the winner of the Illinois State/IUPUI matchup Saturday, Sunday or Monday at a site to be determined.

Tickets for Thursday’s game are available today by calling the K-State Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or by visiting — priced at $15 for chair backs, $10 for general admission and $5 for students and children.

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