Throughout the history of the Preseason and Postseason WNIT, teams have used the unique strengths of the events as a launching pad for high-flying results down the road.
Upon the release of the Jan. 20 Associated Press Top 25 poll for women’s basketball, more than a half-dozen teams in the rankings are programs that experienced recent success in a WNIT setting. These powerful programs include:
No. 3 Baylor (2011 Preseason Champs)
No. 4 Louisville (2013 Preseason Champs)
No. 6 Notre Dame (2011 Preseason Runners-Up)
No. 12 North Carolina (2012 Preseason Champs)
No. 18 Mississippi State (2014 Preseason Champs)
No. 20 Iowa (2012 Preseason Runners-Up)
No. 24 Western Kentucky (2014 Preseason Runners-Up)
No. 25 Rutgers (2014 Postseason Champs)
Other notable teams from the 2014 Preseason WNIT include Seton Hall (17-2) and West Virginia (12-6).
The field for the 2015 Postseason WNIT will be determined on the evening of March 16, after the announcement of the field for the NCAA Tournament.
The Women’s National Invitation Tournament is gearing up for postseason play, and the committee is excited to provide dates and details for the 2015 Postseason WNIT.
The committee will announce the 64-team field the evening of Monday, March 16, following the selection of the NCAA Tournament field. For the Postseason WNIT, 32 teams will receive automatic berths, and 32 teams will be awarded at-large berths. Teams are chosen based on criteria outlined below, and all games in the single-elimination format are played at the main or alternate facilities of participating schools.
Here are the dates for each round in 2015:
Round 1: March 18-20
Round 2: March 21-24
Round 3: March 25-27
Quarterfinals: March 28-30
Semifinals: April 1-2
Championship: April 4 (3 p.m. ET start)
The WNIT understands many schools interested in hosting cannot hold their facilities for the entirety of the tournament, but if teams choose to hold one or two dates open in each round, along with the championship date, that helps those schools to be considered as host sites. Please note: A school’s ability and/or desire to host games in the Postseason WNIT has absolutely no bearing on being selected for the tournament.
The 2015 Postseason WNIT field will consist of 32 automatic berths – one from each conference – and 32 at-large teams. The intention of the WNIT Selection Committee is to select the 32 best available at-large teams in the nation.
A team offered an automatic berth by the WNIT shall be the team that is a.) the highest-finishing team in its conference’s regular-season standings, and b.) is not selected for the NCAA Tournament. A team that fulfills these qualities will earn the WNIT automatic berth for its respective conference, regardless of overall record.
The remaining 32 berths in the Postseason WNIT will be filled by the best teams available. All Division I teams are eligible for consideration. Any team considered for an at-large berth must have an overall record of .500 or better. Overall record includes conference tournament games.
The WNIT will contact potential teams over the next few months. Prospective schools will submit paperwork in anticipation of being invited to the tournament.
The Postseason WNIT field will be announced before midnight Eastern Time on Monday, March 16. All information will be disseminated via the website that night, a few hours after the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced.