FORT COLLINS, Colo. –The Women’s National Invitation Tournament Selection Committee is excited to announce the 64-team field for the 2015 Postseason WNIT. In the 18th year of the tournament, the committee has selected a competitive field which includes 35 teams with 20 or more victories.
First-round action tips off Wednesday, March 18 and concludes Friday, March 20. Second-round games begin March 21-24, round three March 25-27, quarterfinals March 28-30, and semifinals April 1-2. The championship game will be played Saturday, April 4 and will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET. All games are hosted by participating schools.
This year’s tournament features 6 teams from the Mid-American Conference and 4 from the West Coast Conference. Ten conferences each placed 3 teams – American, Atlantic 10, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, Colonial, C-USA, Horizon and Missouri Valley. Other conferences represented include: Big West (2), Mountain West (2), Pac-12 (2), SEC (2), America East (1), Atlantic Sun (1), Big South (1), Big Ten (1), Ivy League (1), MAAC (1), MEAC (1), Northeastern (1), Ohio Valley (1), Patriot (1), Southern (1), Southland (1), SWAC (1), Summit (1), Sun Belt (1) and WAC (1).
Eight teams won their regular season conference title: Colorado State (Mountain West), Hampton (MEAC), Hawaii (Big West), Maine (America East), South Dakota (Summit), Stephen F Austin (Southland), Texas Southern (SWAC) and UT Martin (OVC).
“The quality depth within Division-I women’s basketball is more obvious with each passing season, and the 2015 Postseason WNIT field is another example of how many high-achieving programs are out there,” said WNIT Director Renee Carlson. “And now, these teams will direct their energies toward wrapping up the season with a sense of purpose, and that should make for some great competition.”
Tournament officials award an Automatic Qualifying berth to each of the nation’s 32 conferences. The spot goes to the team that finishes the highest in the regular-season conference standings that does not advance to the NCAA Tournament. If there is a tie, the WNIT abides by the conference tiebreaker. A team earns the AQ berth regardless of its overall record. A total of 32 teams are then given an At-Large berth; a team must have an overall record of .500 or better to be considered.
The Postseason WNIT is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports based in Fort Collins, Colo. TCS also organizes men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments in Cancun, and the Preseason WNIT. TCS is the leader in youth and collegiate sports and manages more than 300 amateur sporting events across the country in volleyball, fastpitch softball, baseball, and basketball. With 32 years of experience in the event business, TCS is nationally recognized as a premier tournament organization.
The official WNIT bracket, which will include matchups and dates, will be announced later tonight by 11:30 p.m. ET. Game times will be announced by officials on Tuesday, March 17.
School/Record/Conference BOLD = Automatic Qualifier Akron (22-8) - MAC Arkansas State (23-10) - Sun Belt Army (23-7) - Patriot Ball State (17-13) - MAC Buffalo (19-12) - MAC Central Connecticut St. (19-12) - NEC Cleveland State (19-12) - Horizon Colorado State (23-7) – Mountain West CSU Bakersfield (23-8) - WAC Creighton (17-13) - Big East Drake (20-10) - MVC Drexel (20-10) - Colonial Duquesne (21-10) - Atlantic 10 East Carolina (21-10) - American Eastern Michigan (22-12) - MAC Eastern Washington (20-11) - Big Sky Elon (19-12) - Colonial ETSU (21-11) - Southern Fordham (20-11) - Atlantic 10 Fresno State (22-9) - Mountain West Georgia Tech (18-14) - ACC Hampton (18-12) - MEAC Hawaii (23-8) - Big West Hofstra (20-12) - Colonial Kansas State (18-13) - Big 12 Long Beach State (22-9) - Big West Maine (23-8) - America East Marist (21-11) - MAAC Michigan (16-14) - Big Ten Missouri (17-13) - SEC Missouri State (18-14) - MVC Middle Tennessee (21-9) - C-USA NC State (16-14) - ACC Northern Colorado (20-12) - Big Sky Northern Iowa (17-14) - MVC Old Dominion (20-12) - C-USA Ole Miss (17-13) - SEC Pacific (21-9) - WCC Penn (20-8) - Ivy Radford (17-13) - Big South Richmond (18-13) - Atlantic 10 Sacramento State (16-15) - Big Sky Saint Mary’s (20-10) - WCC San Diego (24-6) - WCC San Francisco (19-13) - WCC South Dakota (25-7) - Summit Southern Miss (22-10) - C-USA St John’s (21-10) - Big East Stephen F Austin (23-7) - Southland Stetson (23-7) - Atlantic Sun TCU (17-13) - Big 12 Temple (16-16) - American Texas Southern (19-10) - SWAC Toledo (18-13) - MAC Tulsa (17-13) - American UCLA (13-18) – Pac-12 UT Martin (22-10) - OVC Villanova (19-13) - Big East Virginia (17-13) - ACC Washington State (17-14) – Pac-12 West Virginia (18-14) - Big 12 Western Michigan (20-12) - MAC Wright State (25-8) - Horizon Youngstown State (21-10) - Horizon
First Round Wednesday, March 18 Eastern Washington at Washington State Cleveland State at Michigan Radford at East Carolina UT Martin at Ole Miss Western Michigan at Arkansas State
Thursday, March 19 Sacramento State at Pacific San Francisco at Fresno State Northern Colorado at Colorado State Creighton at South Dakota CSU Bakersfield at UCLA Long Beach State at San Diego Akron at Kansas State Missouri at Northern Iowa Texas Southern at Southern Miss Stephen F. Austin at TCU Virginia at Old Dominion Army at St. John’s Central Connecticut State at Fordham Hampton at Drexel Buffalo at West Virginia Duquesne at Youngtown State NC State at ETSU Hofstra at Penn Temple at Marist Elon at Georgia Tech Ball State at Middle Tennessee
Friday, March 20 Hawaii at St. Mary’s Wright State at Toledo Eastern Michigan at Drake Tulsa at Missouri State Maine at Villanova Richmond at Stetson