The Women's National Invitation Tournament is
an annual tournament involving 16 of the nation's top women's Division I basketball
teams. A team may participate no more than once in a four-year period. Additionally, only
one institution per conference may play in the tournament in the same year.
The event is
changing to a three-game guarantee format beginning in 2007. All
games, including the semifinals and championship,
by participating schools at their home facility.
The initial round of the event will involve eight sites hosted by participating
institutions. The winner’s
bracket will look identical to past Preseason tournaments.
First Round Winners
The eight Round One winners will continue on in traditional bracket play,
with half of them hosting the other half in separate host sites.
The winning teams will continue on, with separate host sites throughout
the semifinals and championship. The
two teams in the championship game will play four games in the tournament.
First Round Losers
The eight teams who lose their first games will be re-grouped into
“Consolation bracket quads,” which will be two four-team pools. One team in each pool will be selected to host the other
three teams. Each team will play
two games for a total of three in the tournament. These are called Consolation
Rounds 1 and 2.
Quarterfinal Round Losers (from original bracket)
Of the four quarterfinal teams, two teams will be selected to host one of
the other quarterfinal round losers in a single game at separate sites.
This game provides the third game for each of these schools. This round
is Consolation Round 3.
The 2007 event will start the
first Friday of the regular season (Nov. 9).
Round Two will be targeted for the following Sunday or Monday (Nov.
11/12), with the semifinals occurring either Wednesday or Thursday (Nov. 14/15).
The tournament championship will be scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 18).
The Consolation Bracket Quads will be played Friday and Saturday (Nov.
16/17), seven days following the first round.
Round Two losers would play on Nov. 16 or 17 as well at separate sites.