BOULDER - The University of Colorado is one of 64 teams selected to participate in the 2012 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).

Colorado, 18-13 overall, will open WNIT play by hosting Northern Colorado on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Center. The winner of Wednesday's game will face either Drake or South Dakota in a second round matchup this weekend (March 17-19).

UNC is 20-11 overall and finished second in the Big Sky Conference at 11-5. The Bears earned the Big Sky’s automatic bid into the tournament.
Colorado finished 10th in its first year in the Pac-12 Conference with a record of 6-12. The Buffaloes are one of five Pac-12 teams in the field joining Oregon State, Washington, Arizona State and Utah.

"It’s a good opportunity to give our young players a chance to play some extra games and gain experience in the postseason," second-year CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "We’re starting to build a foundation of what’s to come in future years and we will continue to work hard to get better. It’s a great field and we’ll play our best."

Colorado returns to postseason play for the second-straight season and 20th time overall in team history. This will be the Buffaloes’ fourth trip to the postseason WNIT. CU is 7-3 in WNIT play advancing to the quarterfinals in 2011 and semifinals in 2008.

Tickets will start at $9 for general admission and up to $16 for reserved courtside seats.  Student tickets are free with a Buff OneCard.  

Season ticket holders will be notified via email overnight Monday on how to obtain tickets in their same seats online.  If you do not receive an email, call the CU Athletic Ticket Office at 303-492-5858.  Season ticket holders will have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to get their tickets either online or by phone. At 6 p.m. they will be released to the public.

The general public can buy tickets beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday either online at www.CUBuffs.com/tickets or by calling 303-492-8337.

All Colorado games will be carried live on KKZN AM 760 and online audio coverage is also available through the free audio subscription at BuffsTV at CUBuffs.com.