Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

WNIT News Will Spread.(Sports)

Byline: MIKE HALL Associate Sports Editor

The Women's National Invitation Tournament might not be the NCAAs in terms of national media exposure and prestige. But it's major in terms of what it can do for a program's future.

Said Ohio State star Jamie Lewis following her team's 62-61 championship-game win over New Mexico at the Pit on Wednesday night, "It was awesome. I'd rather be here than in Columbus, Ohio, playing in front of 3,000 people. It was a great environment."

Don't think for one second the fact the Lobos drew a sellout of 18,018 for a tournament where the cheapest adult ticket price was $7 will go unnoticed by that all-important group, high school stars. …

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