2016 Women's National Invitation Tournament

The 2016 Women's National Invitation Tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 64 NCAA Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2016 Women's NCAA Tournament. The annual tournament began on March 16 and ended on April 2, with the championship game televised on CBS Sports Network.[1] All games will be played on the campus sites of participating schools.

2016 WNIT
Season201516
Teams64
Finals siteDakotaDome
Vermillion, South Dakota
ChampionsSouth Dakota Coyotes (1st title)
Runner-upFlorida Gulf Coast Eagles (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachAmy Williams (1st title)
MVPNicole Seekamp (South Dakota)
Attendance7,415
Top scorerKaneisha Atwater Florida Gulf Coast
(25 points)
WNIT

Participants

The 2016 Postseason WNIT field will consist of 32 automatic invitations – one from each conference – and 32 (or more) at-large teams. The intention of the WNIT Selection Committee is to select the best available at-large teams in the nation. A team offered an automatic berth by the WNIT shall be the team that is the highest-finishing team in its conference’s regular-season standings, and not selected for the NCAA Tournament. A team that fulfills these qualities, and accepts, will earn the WNIT automatic berth for its conference, regardless of overall record. The remaining berths in the WNIT are filled by the best teams available. Any team considered for an at-large berth must have an overall record of .500 or better.[2] Should a conference’s automatic qualifier team decline the WNIT bid, the conference forfeits its AQ spot and that berth goes into the at-large pool. NC State and Arkansas qualified as invitees from the ACC and SEC respectively but each declined to participate.[3][4]

Bracket

All times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).
* – Denotes overtime period.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarterfinals
        
Gonzaga 88
UC-Riverside 54
Gonzaga 77
Utah 92
Utah 95
Montana State 61
Utah 63
Oregon 73
Oregon 84
Long Beach State 76
Oregon 84
Fresno State 59
Fresno State 59
Santa Clara 53
Oregon 71
UTEP 67
Saint Mary's 73
Eastern Michigan 74
Eastern Michigan 81
TCU 85
TCU 97
UT Rio Grande Valley 73
TCU 70
UTEP 79
Arkansas State 68
Southern 45
Arkansas State 68
UTEP 74
UTEP 66
Abilene Christian 62
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarterfinals
        
Minnesota 87
Milwaukee 80
Minnesota 89
South Dakota 101
South Dakota 74
Creighton 68
South Dakota 51
Northern Iowa 50
Drake 95
Sacred Heart 59
Drake 58
Northern Iowa 64
Nebraska 62
Northern Iowa 64
South Dakota 68
Western Kentucky 54
Iowa 72
Ball State 77
Ball State 57
St. Louis 59
Saint Louis 70
Arkansas Little-Rock 69
St. Louis 76
Western Kentucky 78*
Memphis 73
Tennessee-Martin 79
Tennessee-Martin 57
Western Kentucky 64
Western Kentucky 89
Dayton 72
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarterfinals
        
Northwestern 65
San Diego 69
San Diego 59
IUPUI 48
Central Michigan 55
IUPUI 63
San Diego 51
Michigan 78
Michigan 81
Wright State 53
Michigan 95
Bucknell 72
Akron 70
Bucknell 74
Michigan 77
Temple 76
Quinnipiac 90
Maine 43
Quinnipiac 62
Temple 64
Drexel 66
Temple 74
Temple 75
Ohio 61
Ohio 76
Marshall 68
Ohio 64
Virginia Tech 57
Virginia Tech 68
Elon 59
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarterfinals
        
Villanova 67
Liberty 51
Villanova 72
Hofstra 84
Hofstra 75
Harvard 70
Hofstra 65
Virginia 57
Rutgers 57
Georgetown 55
Rutgers 55
Virginia 71
VCU 50
Virginia 52
Hofstra 46
Florida Gulf Coast 61
Tulane 53
Alabama 52
Tulane 64
Georgia Tech 61
Georgia Tech 73
Mercer 56
Tulane 61
Florida Gulf Coast 73
Charlotte 69
Wake Forest 72
Wake Forest 48
Florida Gulf Coast 67
Florida Gulf Coast 78
Bethune-Cookman 51

WNIT Semifinals and WNIT Championship Game

WNIT Semifinals
March 30–31
WNIT Championship Game
April 2, 2016
CBS Sports Network
Vermillion, South Dakota
      
Oregon 54
South Dakota 88
South Dakota 71
Florida Gulf Coast 65
Michigan 62
Florida Gulf Coast 71

See also

References

  1. "CBS SN to Televise WNIT Championship Game". Women's NIT. Triple Crown Sports. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. "Details announced for 2016 Postseason WNIT". WNIT. TripleCrownSports.
  3. "NCAA selection committee snubs Triangle women's teams". newsobserver. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  4. "Dykes: No WNIT for Arkansas". Arkansas Online. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
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