March 28, 2011 –CBS College Sports Network will again air the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Championship game, which will be played Saturday. The Network and the WNIT are also partnering to televise a semifinal for the first time. Both games will air live.
The semifinal will feature Charlotte at Toledo, and will start at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. The championship game will be played on Saturday, April 2, at 3 p.m. ET.
“We are excited to again have CBS College Sports Network as a television partner,” said WNIT director Renee Carlson. “The excitement that the teams and the fans bring at that level is fantastic for women’s college basketball.”
The broadcast team features Thad Anderson on play-by-play duties, and Ceal Barry will provide color commentary.
In the WNIT's 13 prior years, the title game has averaged more than 10,000 fans in attendance each year. Past champions include Auburn, California, Kansas State, Ohio State, Penn State, Marquette, South Florida, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The Postseason WNIT features a 64-team field. The tournament offers automatic berths to 31 teams – one per conference – and then selects 33 at-large teams. The 2011 WNIT began March 16 and culminates April 2. All games, including the final, are hosted by participating schools. The Final Four schools are Charlotte, Illinois State, Southern Cal, and Toledo. In addition to the televised game at Toledo, the other semifinal features Southern Cal at Illinois State at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.
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