UCSB Receives Bid to WNIT; Plays at USC on Thursday

March 14, 2011

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The co-Big West champion UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will play in its 15th postseason in the last 16 seasons after receiving a bid into the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament on Monday.

The Gauchos, 19-11 overall, will play at USC on Thursday. Game times will be announced by the WNIT on Tuesday. USC finished its regular season 19-12 and fell to Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals.

"We are thrilled to have been invited to play in the WNIT and we're looking forward to playing a very talented USC team," said UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who has now made the postseason in two of her three seasons as the Gauchos' head coach. "Mostly, I'm excited for our players, a group of young women who worked very hard and put together a season worthy of a postseason invite."

UCSB, which has won seven of its past eight games, is 11-13 all-time against the Trojans. USC has four players who average in double figures, led by Briana Gilbreath at 15.0 points per game. The junior guard also pulls in a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game.

The Gauchos are led by Emilie Johnson, who averages 13.5 points per game.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets should contact the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at (805) 893-UCSB (8272). The game will be broadcast live on AM 990 and online online by clicking here.