The Cal Poly women’s basketball team’s season will continue Thursday, when it heads south to face San Diego in the opening round of the WNIT.
This is the third straight year the Mustangs (18-13) have qualified for the postseason, after participating in the WNIT in 2012 and making the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Cal Poly was a game away from qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for a second time, but fell 73-58 to Cal State Northridge in the Big West championship game Saturday in Anaheim. Northridge will open its NCAA Tournament in Seattle against No. 1 seed South Carolina.
San Diego (22-8), which defeated Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Irvine en route to an 11-0 start, lost 60-58 to Saint Mary’s in the opening round of the West Coast Conference Tournament.
The Mustangs and the Toreros played last year in San Luis Obispo, with Cal Poly winning 69-50.
Amy Kame leads San Diego with 16.6 points
per game, while Felicia Wijenberg pulls down a team-best 7.1 rebounds per contest.
Molly Schlemer and Ariana Elegado both average 17.3 points per game for the Mustangs, and Schlemer leads in rebounding at 10.4. Both players were first team all-Big West selections and made the Big West all-tournament team over the weekend.
The winner of Thursday’s game will face either Montana or Washington State in the second round of the 64-team tournament.