2018 Women's National Invitation Tournament

The 2018 Women's National Invitation Tournament was an annual single-elimination tournament of 64 NCAA Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2018 Women's NCAA Tournament. The tournament committee announced the 64-team field on March 12, following the selection of the NCAA Tournament field. The tournament began on March 14 and ended on March 31, with the championship game televised on the CBS Sports Network.[1] In the championship game, Indiana defeated Virginia Tech, 65–57.[2]

2018 WNIT
Season201718
Teams64
ChampionsIndiana Hoosiers (1st title)
Runner-upVirginia Tech Hokies (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachTeri Moren (1st title)
MVPTyra Buss (Indiana)
Attendance13,007
WNIT

Participants

The 2018 Postseason WNIT field consisted of 32 automatic invitations – one from each conference – and 32 at-large teams. The intention of the WNIT Selection Committee was to select the best available at-large teams in the nation. Teams with the highest finishes in their conferences’ regular-season standings that were not selected for the NCAA Tournament were offered an automatic berth. The remaining berths in the WNIT were filled by the best teams available. Teams considered for an at-large berth had overall records of .500 or better.[3]

Bracket

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

Round 1
March 14–16
  Round 2
March 17–20
  Round 3
March 22
  Quarterfinals
March 25
                           
Houston 58  
South Dakota 65     South Dakota 74  
Western Illinois 64   Colorado State 49  
Colorado State 67       South Dakota 85*  
Cincinnati 75       Michigan State 83  
Michigan State 81     Michigan State 68
Wright State 50   Toledo 66  
Toledo 64       South Dakota 71
Saint Mary's 80       TCU 79
New Mexico 82     New Mexico 93  
Texas State 60   Rice 73  
Rice 71       New Mexico 72
Lamar 68       TCU 81  
TCU 80     TCU 86
Missouri State 63   Missouri State 51  
Louisiana Tech 59  
Round 1
March 14–16
  Round 2
March 18
  Round 3
March 22–23
  Quarterfinals
March 25
                           
Purdue 48  
IUPUI 46     Purdue 77  
Middle Tennessee 60   Ball State 72  
Ball State 69       Purdue 51  
UT Martin 50       Indiana 73  
Indiana 74     Indiana 74
Milwaukee 81   Milwaukee 54  
Northern Iowa 67       Indiana 81
New Mexico State 59       UC Davis 66
Wyoming 67     Wyoming 64  
Idaho 62   UC Davis 74  
UC Davis 82       UC Davis 71
Saint Louis 61       Kansas State 69  
Kansas State 75     Kansas State 74
UNLV 68   Utah 57  
Utah 78  
Round 1
March 14–16
  Round 2
March 17–20
  Round 3
March 22–23
  Quarterfinals
March 25
                           
Bucknell 50  
West Virginia 83     West Virginia 79  
St. Joseph's 75   St. Joseph's 51  
Seton Hall 57       West Virginia 67  
Radford 63*       James Madison 55  
Penn State 62     Radford 35
ETSU 52   James Madison 62  
James Madison 60       West Virginia 76
Albany 61       St. John's 62
Penn 76     Penn 48  
Marist 47   St. John's 53  
St. John's 68       St. John's 65
Duquesne 69       Duquesne 52  
Miami (OH) 56     Duquesne 69
Delaware 57   Georgetown 66  
Georgetown 67  
Round 1
March 14–16
  Round 2
March 18
  Round 3
March 22
  Quarterfinals
March 25
                           
Harvard 47  
Fordham 65     Fordham 63  
Robert Morris 44   Drexel 60  
Drexel 57       Fordham 50  
Stephen F. Austin 75       Virginia Tech 81  
George Mason 82     George Mason 69
Navy 55   Virginia Tech 78  
Virginia Tech 56       Virginia Tech 74
Bethune-Cookman 32       Alabama 67
Georgia Tech 85     Georgia Tech 91  
Chattanooga 50   UAB 47  
UAB 60       Georgia Tech 59
Jacksonville 60*       Alabama 61  
UCF 65     UCF 61
Southern 56   Alabama 80  
Alabama 69  

Semifinals and Championship Game

Semifinals
March 28
Championship Game
March 31, 3:00 p.m.
CBS Sports Network
      
TCU 58
Indiana 71
Indiana 65
Virginia Tech 57
West Virginia 61
Virginia Tech 64

Semifinals

Wed., March 28
7:00 p.m.
TCU Horned Frogs 58, Indiana Hoosiers 71
Scoring by quarter: 14–13, 14–19, 12–19, 18–20
Wed., March 28
7:00 p.m.
Virginia Tech Hokies 64, West Virginia Mountaineers 61
Scoring by quarter: 19–12, 14–13, 15–20, 16–16

Championship

Sat., March 31
3:00 p.m.
Virginia Tech Hokies 57, Indiana Hoosiers 65
Scoring by quarter: 13–17, 14–19, 17–7, 13–22

WNIT All-Tournament Team

  • Tyra Buss (Indiana), MVP[2]
  • Amanda Cahill (Indiana)
  • Taylor Emery (Virginia Tech)
  • Regan Magarity (Virginia Tech)
  • Teana Muldrow (West Virginia)
  • Jordan Moore (TCU)

See also

References

  1. "Dates, details announced for 2018 Postseason WNIT". Women's NIT. Triple Crown Sports. January 24, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. "WNIT championship goes to Hoosiers in front of 13,007". WNIT. March 31, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. "Postseason WNIT Sets Dates". Women's NIT. TripleCrownSports. January 19, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
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