“The WNIT championship has a great history of tremendous crowds and atmosphere, and we are pleased to capture that on a nationally televised broadcast,” WNIT executive director Brent Amick said. “It’s great to be able to showcase the strong support for women’s basketball.”
Last year’s WNIT championship showcased South Florida at Kansas. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 16,113, the first sellout crowd in Kansas women’s basketball history and the largest ever in the Big 12 Conference. In the tournament’s 13 years, the title game has averaged more than 11,000 fans in attendance each year. Past champions include Auburn, Kansas State, Ohio State, Penn State, Marquette, South Florida, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The teams in this year’s Final Four of the WNIT are Cal, Illinois State, Miami, and Michigan. Michigan will host Miami in a semifinal at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 31, and Illinois State will host Cal in a semifinal at 8:05 p.m. EST Thursday, April 1.
The Postseason WNIT features a 64-team field. The tournament offers 31 teams automatic berths – one per conference – and then selects 33 at-large teams. The 2010 WNIT began March 17 and culminates April 3. All games, including the final, are hosted by participating schools.