National Women's Invitational Tournament

The National Women's Invitational Tournament (NWIT) was a post-season tournament for women's intercollegiate basketball programs that was contested from 1969 to 1996. The original sponsorship information appears to have been lost over the ensuing years. After the NWIT folded in 1996, the concept was resurrected in 1998 by Triple Crown Sports under the same name, but the name was changed the following season to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (also known as the WNIT).[1]

National Women's Invitational Tournament
No. of teams8
Country United States
Most titlesWayland Baptist 9
Women's NIT
Women's Basketball Invitational


Begun in the same year as the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's invitational tournament (which was assumed by the now-defunct Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1972), the NWIT was an eight team, consolation bracket tournament held at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. Through 1974, the tournament included teams from both four-year colleges and junior colleges.[1]

Championship history

Source: [1]

Year Champion Runner-up
1969 Wayland Baptist54 Ouachita Baptist34
1970 Wayland Baptist50 Midwestern State46
1971 Wayland Baptist63 Parsons44
1972 Wayland Baptist48 John F. Kennedy College  41
1973 Wayland Baptist52 John F. Kennedy College49
1974 Wayland Baptist59 John F. Kennedy College52
1975 Wayland Baptist79 UCLA41
1976 Wayland Baptist90 UCLA77
1977 Wayland Baptist79 UCLA75
1978 Old Dominion70 Texas60
1979 South Carolina74 Drake71
1980 Oregon State71 North Carolina62
1981 Georgia75* Arizona State73
1982 Oregon State76 Florida State60
1983 New Orleans68 Memphis State58
1984 Vanderbilt67 Chattanooga66
1985 LSU74 Florida54
1986 Idaho100  Northwestern State91
1987 Arkansas112 California80
1988 DePaul83 Purdue55
1989 Oregon67 San Diego State64
1990 Kentucky85 Toledo76
1991 Santa Clara71 Indiana68
1992 Georgia Tech90 Hawaiʻi72
1993 Arkansas State67 SMU54
1994 Oklahoma69 Arkansas State65
1995 Texas A&M85 Northwestern State81
1996 Arizona79 Northwestern63


See also


  1. "Women's College Basketball Championship Page".
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