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Much like the men's teams, both the BYU and Utah women's basketball teams fell short of NCAA Tournament bids and will now turn to the WNIT Tournament in hopes of finishing the season strong.

The Cougars (20-11) received an automatic bid to the WNIT by virtue of being the highest finisher in the West Coast Conference amongst teams that did not receive an NCAA invite. Saint Mary's, which eliminated BYU from the WCC tournament, also received a bid to the 64-team WNIT.

BYU will meet up with Washington State (12-19) in the first round on Thursday at the Marriott Center. BYU will take on the winner of Seattle vs Wyoming, should it get by Washington State.

Leading the way for the Cougars are WCC Player of the Year Cassie Broadhead, who averages 17.9 points per game, and Kalani Purcell, who was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year.

The Utes (16-14) opened the season with 11 straight wins, including victories over both BYU and Saint Mary's, but ran into a brutal Pac-12 schedule and subsequently finished with a 5-13 conference record. The Pac-12 sent seven teams to the NCAA women's tournament — a conference record.

Utah will host UC Davis (23-7) this Friday. Should the Utes beat the Aggies, they'll face off against the winner of Saint Mary's vs Colorado State.

Should the Cougars and Utes advance to the Sweet 16 they'll square off against one another to see who advances to the Elite Eight.

The Utes are led by Emily Potter and Malia Nawahine, who average 13.7 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.

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