Sunday, March 30, 2008 – Colorado had to rely on a come-from-behind effort for the second straight game, as the Buffaloes edged TCU 96-90 in overtime of the Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals.
Colorado took its first lead of the game – 69-68 – with less than five minutes to go in the WNIT matchup, on the heels of an 11-0 run. TCU (23-12) hit a game-tying shot with less than a second left in regulation to force the overtime period, but the Buffs (19-14) took control from the start of OT to win their third straight WNIT home game.
Colorado will host Marquette (19-14) in the semifinal round at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 2.
Marquette already has one road win, as it held off host Kentucky (17-16) for a 69-64 victory on Sunday. This is the second time in three years that Marquette has advanced to the WNIT semifinals. In 2006, the Golden Eagles ran all the way to the WNIT championship before taking the runner-up spot to Kansas State.
On the other side of the bracket Sunday, Michigan State also rallied in overtime for a 45-40 victory against Michigan.
The Spartans (22-13), trailing for much of the game, defeated Michigan (19-14) to advance to the semifinal round of the WNIT. They will host NC State at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday in the next round. NC State held on to edge St. John's 63-61 in its quarterfinal game. NC State (21-12) moves on to Michigan State, while St. John's ended its season at 18-15.
Thursday, March 27, 2008 – Michigan and Michigan State set up an all-Big Ten quarterfinal with wins Thursday in the third round of the Postseason WNIT.
Michigan State (21-13) edged visiting Kansas 58-54. Allyssa DeHaan scored 16 points and added seven rebounds and four blocks for Michigan State. For Kansas (17-16), Danielle McCray had 18 points, nine rebounds, and eight steals.
Michigan State moved into the field of eight teams remaining in the WNIT, and will host Michigan at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. The in-state rivals split their two games during the regular season, with each team winning on its home court.
Michigan (19-13) held strong with Southern Miss (21-14), defeating the Golden Eagles 59-45.
Another quarterfinal matchup will feature St. John’s and NC State. St. John’s (18-14) defeated Boston College (21-12) 65-56; and NC State (20-12) ended Florida’s (19-14) season with an 80-55 victory.
St. John’s will travel to Boston College for a 2 p.m. ET game Sunday.
In Thursday’s late matchup, Colorado (18-14) trailed nearly the entire game before coming back to clip visiting Villanova (17-16) 64-58. Colorado’s Brittany Spears went on a personal 8-0 run, and Jackie McFarland (32 points, 12 rebounds) put the Buffaloes ahead 59-58 with a three-point play with 1:22 remaining in the game. Colorado finished the game with a 16-1 run.
The victory propels Colorado into the quarterfinals against TCU, which recorded its first victory over Texas Tech in 38 tries on Wednesday night. TCU will travel to play at Colorado at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - CBS College Sports Network will broadcast the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) championship game live on Saturday, April 5 (4:00 PM, ET). The game will be broadcast nationally for the first time ever and played at the home site of one of the two WNIT Championship teams.
“We are excited to showcase the WNIT championship game nationally on CBS College Sports Network,” WNIT executive director Brent Amick said. “Year in and year out, this game has been one of the most well-attended games of the year. It’s great to be able to reach a national audience for a game that has such tremendous crowds and atmosphere.”
"This game will be a fitting finale of another exciting season of women’s basketball on CBS College Sports Network,” said Tim Pernetti, Executive Vice President, Content, CBS College Sports Network. “The WNIT is a terrific tournament and a great showcase for the sport. We are happy to be part of it.”
Last year’s WNIT championship was played in front of a sellout crowd of 15,462 fans at the University of Wyoming. Wyoming out-dueled Wisconsin 72-56.
The Postseason WNIT features a 48-team field. The tournament offers 31 teams automatic berths – one per conference – and then selects 17 at-large teams. The WNIT begins March 19 and culminates April 5. All games are played at participating schools.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 – TCU finally beat Texas Tech, and they did it at just the right time.
TCU, which hadn’t won a game against Texas Tech in 37 tries, defeated the Lady Raiders 81-74 in the third round of the Postseason WNIT.
TCU (23-11) broke open a tight game with a 10-2 run late in the second half to stun Texas Tech (17-16). TCU now awaits Thursday’s game between Colorado and Villanova to see who, when and where it will play the quarterfinal round.
Also Wednesday, Kentucky made a run midway through the second half to edge visiting James Madison 84-76 in a third round game.
Kentucky’s Samantha Mahoney led all scorers with 30 points to help the Wildcats advance to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Kentucky is now 12-3 in Postseason WNIT games.
James Madison (24-10) was led by Colonial Player of the Year Tamera Young, who had 28 points, 17 rebounds and five assists.
The Illinois-Marquette game on Wednesday also featured some significant runs: Illinois closed the first half with a 14-0 run to go up 36-31 at halftime, but Marquette answered with a double-digit run of its own immediately in the second half, and went on to claim a 72-64 victory.
Illinois finishes its season with a 20-15 record. Marquette (18-14) will travel to Kentucky (17-15) for a 2 p.m. ET quarterfinal game Sunday.
Monday, March 24, 2008 – NC State overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to claim a stake Monday in the quarterfinal round of the Postseason WNIT.
NC State (19-12), playing its first game since the ACC conference tournament – an 18-day layoff – defeated South Carolina (16-16) 72-69. NC State will play at home in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. ET Thursday against Florida. Florida (19-13) held off Florida Gulf Coast (22-9) 60-55 to advance to play at NC State.
In other second-round games Monday, Boston College (21-11) beat Vermont (24-9) 76-64; St. John’s (17-14) edged Iona (20-14) 65-59; and Boston College will travel to St. John’s for a 7 p.m. ET game Thursday night.
Michigan (18-13) ended the best season in program history for VCU (26-8) with a 75-57 victory. The win gives Michigan, playing in its first postseason tournament in six years, a home game against Southern Mississippi. Southern Miss (21-13) hung with Mississippi State long enough to edge out a 62-61 home win over the Lady Bulldogs (16-15).
Marquette (17-14) needed overtime to beat visiting Creighton (21-12) 75-69. Marquette now hosts Illinois at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday. Illinois, in its first game since advancing to the Big Ten title game against Purdue, edged visiting Drake (23-11) 48-44.
Kansas (17-15) moved into the quarterfinals with an 82-60 decision over Evansville (21-12). Kansas will play at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Michigan State.
In the final game of the night, Colorado (17-14) defeated Gonzaga (25-9) 82-68. The Buffaloes made the most of their first postseason appearance in four years, and next will host Villanova at 7 p.m. MT Thursday.
Sunday, March 23, 2008 – TCU ensured its eighth straight postseason run would continue Sunday afternoon, as it defeated visiting Boise State 85-56 in the second round of the Postseason WNIT.
TCU (22-11) advances to play at Texas Tech. That third-round game will be at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday in Lubbock.
TCU’s Lori Butler-Rayford earned a double-double, and joined the 1,000 point club with her 21-point, 13-rebound effort. Teammate Adrianne Ross added 24 points and four steals for the Lady Frogs.
Boise State, which beat Idaho State in the first round to advance to play TCU, which had a first-round bye, finishes its season with a 24-8 record. Tasha Harris led all scorers with 25 points, and added five rebounds for the Boise State cause.
Six teams have advanced to the third round of the Postseason WNIT: James Madison, Kentucky, Michigan State, TCU, Texas Tech, and Villanova. The remaining 10 spots will be filled after the conclusion of second-round games Monday night.
Saturday, March 22, 2008 – Villanova and James Madison each won second-round games by beating Big Ten teams on the road Saturday night.
Villanova defeated Wisconsin 60-54 and James Madison used overtime to beat Indiana 86-81. Villanova will play the Colorado-Gonzaga winner, and James Madison will play at Kentucky on a day to be determined.
In other second-round games Saturday, Texas Tech downed Texas State 82-49 and awaits the winner of Sunday’s Boise State-TCU game. Michigan State also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 74-66 victory over Bowling Green. The Spartans will wait until Monday night's Evansville at Kansas game to find out which of those teams will visit East Lansing, Mich., on Thursday, March 27.
In first-round action, Virginia Commonwealth beat host Charlotte 80-67 and advances to play a second-round game at Michigan. That game will be at 7 p.m. ET Monday.
Drake had to overcome a strong Green Bay team (26-6) in the second half to pull out a 65-56 first-round victory at home. Drake (23-10) will travel to Illinois for a second-round game Monday at 7 p.m. CT.
Friday, March 21, 2008 – Kentucky held on for a 68-66 overtime victory against Middle Tennessee in the second round of the Postseason WNIT.
Kentucky (16-15) moves on to play the winner of the Indiana-James Madison game, which is at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night. Kentucky will host that game either Wednesday or Thursday, and that decision will be made later.
Middle Tennessee (22-12), which led by nine points in the first half and hit a critical shot late in the second to send the game into overtime, was led by Amber Holt, who scored 32 points.
In first round games Friday, South Carolina let loose for a 102-74 victory over North Carolina A&T.
Freshman Jordan Jones of South Carolina (16-15) set a WNIT record with nine 3-pointers in the game. That is one better than the previous mark set in 2005 by Missouri State’s Jenny Lingor.
South Carolina moves on to play at 7 p.m. ET Monday at NC State in the second round.
In the other first-round game Friday, Florida Gulf Coast earned its first Division I postseason victory by holding on for a 67-65 win over South Florida.
FGCU (22-8), which finished second in the Atlantic Sun in its first year as a Division I program, now travels to play at 7 p.m. ET Monday against Florida.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 – Iona, Villanova, and Middle Tennessee won their opening games in the 2008 Postseason WNIT.
Iona defeated Quinnipiac 71-59, Villanova edged American 53-52, and Middle Tennessee downed Western Carolina 104-69.
Iona, playing in its second straight WNIT, won its opening game for the second straight year. Iona, second in the Metro Atlantic, improved to 20-13. Quinnipiac, the regular-season champion of the Northeast Conference, ended its season at 25-6.
Iona will play at St. John's at 7 p.m. ET Monday.
Villanova won a back-and-forth game against American, thanks to a last-second shot. Villanova set an NCAA season record with 306 3-pointers, one more than the 2005 record held by Missouri State's team.
Villanova (16-15) moves on to play at Wisconsin at 7 p.m. CT Saturday. American finishes at 18-14.
Middle Tennessee (22-11) went over the century scoring mark to defeat visiting Western Carolina (25-9). They advance to play at Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET Friday.
Monday, March 17, 2008 – The 48-team field of the Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament was announced tonight.
The WNIT kicks off postseason action Wednesday, with first-round games. All games are held on the campuses of participating schools. While 32 teams will play in the first round, 16 teams received a bye and will begin their tournament with a second-round game. The Postseason WNIT features 16 first-round games, followed by 16 second-round games, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games and the championship. The WNIT championship begins at 4 p.m. ET Saturday, April 5, and will be hosted by one of the two final participating schools.
The WNIT awards an automatic berth to each of the nation’s 31 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. To be considered for WNIT selection, a team must have an overall record of .500 or better.
The remaining spots are filled by teams selected at-large.
This year’s field features five teams from the Big 10, four teams from the Big East and four teams from SEC. Other conferences that got more than one team in the field were the Big 12 and Missouri Valley (three each), and the Sun Belt, Atlantic 10, ACC, and Colonial (two each).
Game times are available by clicking on Schedule, or on the Bracket.
Here are the 48 teams in the tournament:
Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt)
Boise State (WAC)
Boston College (ACC)
Bowling Green (Mid-American)
Charlotte (Atlantic 10)
Colorado (Big 12)
Evansville (Missouri Valley)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
Gonzaga (West Coast)
Idaho State (Big Sky)
Iona (Metro Atlantic)
James Madison (Colonial)
Marquette (Big East)
Michigan State (Big Ten)
North Carolina A&T (MEAC)
Prairie View A&M (SWAC)
Radford (Big South)
South Dakota State (Summit)
Southeast Missouri (Ohio Valley)
Southern Miss (C-USA)
TCU (Mountain West)
Texas State (Southland)
UC Davis (Big West)
Vermont (America East)
Western Carolina (Southern)
Wisconsin-Green Bay (Horizon)