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.