The UA has already sold 1,200 tickets for Thursday's WNIT opener against Idaho State. Coach Adia Barnes thinks they can reach 5,000 in the next day. 

Thursday's WNIT opener marks a rematch between the UA and a team — Idaho State — that the Wildcats beat handily earlier in the season. The winner will advance to face either Fresno State or Pacific; tournament officials have no indicated whether that game would be played in Tucson, Fresno, California; or Stockton, California.  The UA is averaging 2,035 fans per home game this season, roughly 100 more per game than a year ago. 

Arizona (18-13) is in the middle of the largest single-season turnaround in program. Star guard Aari McDonald and all-Pac-12 freshman Cate Reese brought the UA to the cusp of the NCAA Tournament before they fell short. The WNIT marks a chance to win multiple games, draw large crowds and build some momentum heading into what many believe will be a "push" year in 2020. Thursday night's game tips off at 6:30 p.m.; those who can't attend can listen on 1400-AM.

“Long-term benefits for us to play in the WNIT is a chance to play in more games,” Barnes told Star correspondent PJ Brown in a story that ran Wednesday. “So I think instead of playing one or two (NCAA Tournament) games and being a low seed, for us having a chance to possibly play six games or three, four, five … I think it just gives us more experience in postseason play.”

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