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Fresno State women’s basketball draws home game vs. Pacific in 64-team WNIT

Summer tour a key piece for Bulldogs women heading into season

Fresno State women's basketball coach Jaime White discussed the importance of a European tour this summer for a team that returns all five starters including senior Candice White, who led the Mountain West Conference in scoring last season.
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Fresno State women's basketball coach Jaime White discussed the importance of a European tour this summer for a team that returns all five starters including senior Candice White, who led the Mountain West Conference in scoring last season.

The Fresno State women’s basketball team is in the 64-team Women’s NIT with a first-round game against Pacific on Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.

The game is set for 7 p.m.

The WNIT announced the field Monday evening after the 64-team NCAA Tournament was set.

The Bulldogs (19-12) bowed out of the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals last week after finishing fourth in the regular season. They started the year with an August trip for exhibition games in Serbia, Switzerland and France.

Two other Mountain West teams are in the WNIT field: Regular-season runner-up New Mexico and third-place Wyoming, which lost to Boise State in the conference tournament championship game.

Fresno State is making its eighth WNIT appearance, first since 2016 when the Bulldogs lost in the second round 84-59 at Oregon after beating Santa Clara 59-53 in the first round. Fresno State is 8-9 all-time in WNIT games.

The Bulldogs last played Pacific in 2017, beating the Tigers 81-70 at the Save Mart Center. This year, Pacific (18-12) reached the West Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Fresno State is led by All-Mountain West senior guard Candice White, who averaged 18.1 points per game to lead the conference. She’s complemented by four sophomore starters Maddi Utti (12.3 ppg, team-high 7.3 rebounds per game), Aly Gamez (11.1 ppg) and Australians Bree Delaney and Genna Ogier.

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