November 19, 2006; Waco, Texas - Purdue proved to be too much for Baylor in the championship game of the 2006 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament, winning 69-55 on Sunday, Nov. 19.
The Boilermakers, ranked 12th in the nation, snapped No. 16 Baylor's 20-game home winning streak vs. nonconference opponents.
Purdue was led by senior Katie Gearlds, who scored 23 points and had six rebounds and four assists. Gearlds was named the Tournament MVP for her efforts. For the tournament, she averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Joining her on the all-tournament team was Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, who added 21 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks against Baylor.
This was the first meeting in history between Purdue and Baylor. Baylor was led by Bernice Mosby, who led all scorers with 26 points. Mosby and teammate Danielle Wilson were voted to the all-tournament team as well. Wilson set a record with 20 blocks in four WNIT games, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 set in 2005 by Oklahoma's Courtney Paris. Baylor set a team record with 40 blocks during the WNIT, beating the old mark of 21 set in 2005 by the University of Connecticut.
Also named to the all-tournament team were Dani Kubik Wright of BYU and Marquetta Dickens of North Carolina State.
November 17, 2006; Waco, Texas – Purdue and Baylor have survived three rounds each of the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament and will play Sunday for the championship title. Purdue, ranked No. 12 in the nation, travels to No. 16 Baylor for a 6 p.m. CT tipoff in the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
The championship game features two veteran programs. Baylor captured the national title in 2005 under current head coach Kim Mulkey. Purdue, which won the national title in 1999, has won its first three games in 2006 under newly signed head coach and former Boilermaker Sharon Versyp. Both teams finished last season with a 26-7 record after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The road to the WNIT finals has stayed close to home for both programs. Baylor beat North Texas, Hofstra and No. 22 BYU, all at home. Purdue defeated Belmont, Hartford and North Carolina State, all in home games. Purdue plays No. 23 Washington at home tonight before traveling Saturday to Baylor.
In last year’s Preseason WNIT championship game, Connecticut defeated Oklahoma 82-62.
November 7, 2006 – Basketball time has arrived!
The Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament kicks off the college basketball season with games Thursday night. First-round games begin at Stanford, Purdue, North Carolina State and St. John’s, with other first-round games played Friday.
The 16-team, single-elimination tournament gets teams in the flow of the season quickly. The field features several teams ranked among the nation’s best, including Stanford, Purdue, Baylor, North Carolina State, St. John’s and Hartford.
Many of the teams are coming off of postseason appearances. Eight of the squads advanced to the NCAA Tournament last spring, and three others were chosen for the Postseason WNIT. Stanford advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAAs, and Purdue and Baylor, which won the national title in 2005, made it to the Sweet 16. Hartford, BYU, St. John’s, NC State and Dartmouth also earned NCAA berths. The three teams that were selected for the WNIT were Hofstra, Idaho State and Belmont.
Second-round games will be played on Nov. 12-13, semifinals on Nov. 15-16 and the championship is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19. All games are played on home campuses, which are determined after each round.
(All 2005-2006 team records in parentheses)
Thursday, Nov. 9
Belmont (22-8) at Purdue (26-7), 7 p.m. ET
Iona (17-12) at St. John’s (22-8), 7 p.m. ET
High Point (20-10) at N.C. State (19-12), 7 p.m. ET
Loyola-Marymount (17-12) at Stanford (26-8), 10 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 10
Dartmouth (23-7) at Hartford (27-4), 7 p.m. ET
North Texas (19-8) at Baylor (26-7), 8 p.m. ET
Hofstra (19-12) at Wichita State (15-13), 8 p.m. ET
Idaho State (17-13) at BYU (26-6), 9 p.m. ET