March 26, 2014 -- Round Three of the WNIT tips tonight as Washington hosts San Diego at 10 p.m. ET. Six games are on the slate for Thursday and one game on Friday. The Quarterfinals take place March 29-31, Semifinals on April 2-3, and Championship on April 5. All games are hosted by participating schools.
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- During Round One of the WNIT, 25 of the 32 games (.781) were won by the home team. In Round Two, 13 of the 16 games (.812) were won by the home team.
- 12 of the 16 teams entering Round Three have won 20 or more games this season. Of the 64 teams selected for the tournament, 35 teams had recorded 20 or more wins on the season. This was one team shy of tying the all-time WNIT record.
- This year’s field tied the WNIT record for most schools that were crowned regular-season champions in their respected conferences (10 teams): High Point (Big South), Iona (Metro Atlantic), Navy (Patriot), Lamar (Southland), Indiana State (MVC), Colorado State (MWC), Arkansas State (Sun Belt), Green Bay (Horizon), South Dakota State (Summit), and Bowling Green (MAC). Only SDSU and BGSU remain in the field.
- Conference USA led the tournament field with six schools selected. Only UTEP remains heading into Round Three. All four Big Ten schools that started the tournament are still playing. The SEC and Pac-12 have two schools remaining in the field.
- Marquette’s Katherine Plouffe broke the WNIT record for most rebounds in a game against Indiana State in Round One with 26. The previous record was held by Sophia Young of Baylor with 25 in 2003. Plouffe also broke the record for most defensive rebounds in a game with 20. This mark surpassed Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery who recorded 16 in 2012.
- Jamierra Faulkner of Southern Miss tied the record for most assists in a game with 13 against Lamar in Round One. She joins three other players: Ariana Elegado - Cal Poly (2012), Kelsey Corbin - Ball State (2007), and Dee Dee Pate - Wisconsin (1999).
- UTEP’s 4,500 fans in Round One and 4,703 fans in Round Two were the largest announced crowds in this year’s WNIT so far.
- Two teams playing in Round Three are making their first ever WNIT appearance: UTEP and Rutgers.
- Both Auburn and Bowling Green advanced to Round Three of the WNIT in 2013. Auburn advanced to the quarterfinals after knocking off Tulane, 72-52. Bowling Green fell to eventual champion Drexel, 50-47.
- Auburn and South Florida have won the WNIT in previous years; the Tigers in 2003 and the Bulls in 2009. Both teams are looking to become the first to win the WNIT twice.
- Five teams from mid-major conferences have won the WNIT since its inception in 1998: Drexel (2013), Toledo (2011), Wyoming (2007), Missouri State (2005), and Creighton (2004).
- Mississippi State’s double OT win over Southern Miss was the first 2-OT game since Round One in 2013 (Washington 65, Eastern Washington 60). It has been the only game to go OT in the tournament so far this year. The last 3-OT game was in 2007 occurring twice: Illinois State 71, Rice 61 (Round One) and Wyoming 89, Kansas State 79 (quarterfinals).
- CBS Sports Network will televise the WNIT championship game for the sixth year. The broadcast team includes Thad Anderson (play-by-play) and legendary coach Ceal Barry (analyst). Anderson has worked as a play-by-play announcer for 19 years in basketball, baseball, softball, and football. Barry served as Head Coach at the University of Colorado for 22 years where she compiled a 427-242 record, 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including six times in the Sweet 16 and three times in the Elite Eight, 13 20-win seasons, four conference championships and assorted coach of the year honors.
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San Diego at Washington, 10 p.m. ET
George Washington at South Florida, 7 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET
Seton Hall at Rutgers, 7 p.m. ET
Michigan at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. ET
Minnesota at South Dakota State, 8 p.m. ET
Auburn at Mississippi State, 8 p.m. ET
Colorado at UTEP, 9 p.m. ET