The 2017 Postseason #WNIT officially tips tonight with one first-round game in action: Little Rock at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. ET. Round One continues Thursday with 19 games and concludes on Friday with 12 games. For live stats/video, game recaps and scores visit the #WNIT Gameday Central page (Click Here) or via Twitter @WomensNIT.
2017 Postseason WNIT
The tournament is a single-elimination event with all games played at sites of host schools. The WNIT is committed to offering deserved opportunities to women’s basketball programs, and the 2017 Postseason WNIT features a full 64-team bracket.
The WNIT offers teams an opportunity for more practice time, to experience playoff-atmosphere games, to play in front of passionate fans, and to use their WNIT success as motivation for next season.
First-round action tips off Wednesday, March 15 and concludes Friday, March 17. Second-round games will run March 18-21, Round three goes March 22-24, quarterfinals are March 25-27, and semifinals will be played March 29-30. The championship game will be played Saturday, April 1 and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET. All games are hosted by participating schools.
The 2016 WNIT title game featured South Dakota and Florida Gulf Coast, with the host Coyotes (32-6) pulling away late to post a 71-65 victory over the Eagles (33-6).
The teams played in front of 7,415 fans in the last basketball game to be played at the DakotaDome, which was a record turnout for a women’s game at South Dakota. Tia Hemiller tied her career high with 22 points to pace the Coyotes.
The Postseason WNIT features 32 first-round games, followed by 16 second-round games, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games, and the championship. The championship game is televised live nationally. The event offers 32 automatic berths, one to each established conference, and 32 at-large berths. The WNIT field and bracket is announced late on the evening of the NCAA Tournament selections.
Tournament officials award an Automatic Qualifying berth to each of the nation’s 32 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. A team earns the AQ berth regardless of its overall record. A total of 32 teams are then given an At-Large berth; a team must have an overall record of .500 or better to be considered.
Triple Crown Sports
The Postseason WNIT is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, based in Fort Collins, Colo. TCS also organizes men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments in Cancun, and the Preseason WNIT. TCS is the leader in youth and collegiate sports and manages more than 100 amateur sporting events across the country in volleyball, fastpitch softball, baseball and basketball. With 34 years of experience in the event business, TCS is nationally-recognized as a premier tournament organization.