Throughout the history of the Preseason and Postseason WNIT, teams have used the unique strengths of the events as a launching pad for high-flying results down the road.
Upon the release of the Jan. 20 Associated Press Top 25 poll for women’s basketball, more than a half-dozen teams in the rankings are programs that experienced recent success in a WNIT setting. These powerful programs include:
No. 3 Baylor (2011 Preseason Champs)
No. 4 Louisville (2013 Preseason Champs)
No. 6 Notre Dame (2011 Preseason Runners-Up)
No. 12 North Carolina (2012 Preseason Champs)
No. 18 Mississippi State (2014 Preseason Champs)
No. 20 Iowa (2012 Preseason Runners-Up)
No. 24 Western Kentucky (2014 Preseason Runners-Up)
No. 25 Rutgers (2014 Postseason Champs)
Other notable teams from the 2014 Preseason WNIT include Seton Hall (17-2) and West Virginia (12-6).
The field for the 2015 Postseason WNIT will be determined on the evening of March 16, after the announcement of the field for the NCAA Tournament.