***Fresno State Women Preparing for WNIT***
Monday was a stressful day for Fresno State women’s basketball head coach Jaime White.
“The funny thing is I had convinced myself we weren’t in it (the Women’s NIT),” said White. “Then, an hour later, I’m convinced we’re in it.”
White and the Fresno State women eventually got word they were one of the 64 teams in the WNIT field.
And even better, they won’t have to travel for their first round matchup, as the 19-12 Bulldogs will host 18-12 Pacific at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs, who finished in 4th place during the regular season in the conference, are coming off a semifinal loss in the Mountain West Tournament to Boise State, so the WNIT offers new life, and some other benefits too.
“Any time you get to the postseason, I think it’s an advantage,” said White. “One, you get extra practices. Coaches love that. Kids don’t. Two, you get to work with some of the younger kids a little bit longer in the season, because if you have no postseason, you can’t practice. Three, just the excitement, the excitement in the community, the excitement and the publicity that it gives to the world about Fresno State.”
This is the Bulldogs third appearance in the WNIT in the last five years.
They won a game in the tournament in both 2015 and 2016.
*** Fresno State Softball starting long homestand Wednesday ***
Before that women’s basketball game Wednesday, the Fresno State softball team will host Cal State Northridge at 5:30 p.m. at Margie Wright Diamond.
This will begin a 10-game homestand for the softball team.
The Bulldogs are looking to bounce back from getting swept in their conference-opening series at Colorado State over the weekend.
“We need to get tougher, and we know the areas that we need to get better at,” said Fresno State softball head coach Linda Garza. “(The) Pitching staff’s gonna work harder to hold onto leads. There’s still 31 plus games left and (we’re) excited to go after those, and still put us in a good position to go and win conference.”
“I’m still confident that we can win conference,” said senior infielder Rachel Minogue. “Boise lost two games this past weekend, and I think the way everything’s playing out, that everyone still has a chance.”
The Bulldogs are 6-0 at home this season. After Wednesday’s game against Northridge, they will jump back into Mountain West play this weekend, when they welcome San Jose State for a 3-game series starting Friday.