The Cal State Bakersfield women's basketball team will begin play in the Women's National Invitational Tournament on Friday in Moraga against St. Mary's after earning the WAC's automatic berth in the tournament.

The winner of the matchup will face the winner of UTEP and Arkansas State, which will be Friday in El Paso.

St. Mary's was a semifinalist in the West Coast Conference, losing to No. 18 Gonzaga in the tournament. Their leading scorer is Jackie Nared, who averaged 21.8 ppg this season.

A time for the game will be announced today.