After missing out on the NCAA tournament, there was a brief moment of disappointment, but that quickly faded when the Lady Griz found out they would be able to host one more game at Dahlberg Arena.
"I was excited, thrilled. We've been to the NIT a couple times, plus one of the reasons we're here, I hope everybody realizes is the support we have. NIT is looking at wanting people at these games, and we get to be home, so thank you to all you Lady Griz fans out there that come support us, because this one is on you," says Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig.
While they would rather be in the NCAA tournament, the Lady Griz will be competing in their 26th national tournament, even more impressive when you consider their opponent, Washington State has only competed in two, their last one in 1991.
"That's why I think WNIT bid is really cool too. You do need to take that into perspective, and I was surprised they hadn't made anything since 91', and I also see Wyoming and Temple, two really good basketball teams that beat us, they aren't playing in the post-season, so it's something to be grateful for," says Lady Griz senior forward Jordan Sullivan.
So what can the Lady Griz expect on the court from an unknown opponent?
"Playing in the Pac-12, they'll have that edge, I don't know a whole lot about them, but they've got to be doing something right to get a bunch of quality wins under their belt, so I'm just prepared for a great basketball team," says Sullivan.
If the Lady Griz get the win, they'll be doing it without their senior point guard Torry Hill, who injured her knee in the final minutes of the Big Sky Championship game, and is out indefinitely.
"We didn't have the type of team, and Torry wasn't the type of guard where we just gave it to her and she blew by everybody. We're very much a team handling, and team passing team. So there will be some kids getting some more minutes and asking to do a little different look than we've had in the past this season, and I think we're capable of doing that," says Selvig.