Eastern Washington women accept WNIT bid

Lexie Nelson’s college basketball career will continue at least one more game.

Eastern Washington, which is coming off one of its best seasons in school history, accepted a bid to play in the WNIT. The Eagles will play Pac-12 member Washington State on Wednesday, the school announced Monday. Game time will be announced on Tuesday.

EWU (20-11) will appear in the WNIT for the second time in three years and the third time overall under 14-year head coach Wendy Schuller. The Eagles’ first appearance came following the 2009-10 season when they won the Big Sky Conference regular season title. Eastern returned to the tournament three years later following its 2012-13 campaign.

“In recent years, going to a postseason tournament has kind of become an expectation for us,” Schuller told the school’s website. “We were disappointed last year when we didn’t go, and we put ourselves in a better position this year. We’ve had some quality wins both in the Big Sky and out of conference, and I’m glad that we’re going to have a chance to keep playing.”

Nelson, a senior, is the Eagles’ second-leading scorer this season with 13.9 points per game. The 2010 Butte High graduate is the all-time leading scorer — boy or girl — in Mining City high school basketball history.

The Eagles fell to host Montana in Friday’s semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament in Missoula. The Lady Griz won the tournament title the next day.