Women's Basketball Invitational

The Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) is a women's college basketball tournament created in 2009 by Sport Tours. The inaugural tournament occurred at the conclusion of the 2009–10 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Selections for the WBI are announced on Selection Monday. The field for the WBI consists of a 16-team, single elimination divided into two regions with 8 seeded teams in each.[1] Teams are picked based on RPI, record, conference standings, end of year performance, and quality wins and losses.[2]

Women's Basketball Invitational
Current season, competition or edition:
2019 Women's Basketball Invitational
Women's Basketball Invitational
FounderSport Tours International
Inaugural season2010
No. of teams16
Country United States
Most recent
Appalachian State
Most titlesLouisiana
Appalachian State (2)
Women's National Invitation Tournament
Official websiteWebsite

Teams in the WBI compete on the home court of the higher seed. The championship game is hosted by the team with the higher RPI. Teams not making the NCAA Tournament or WNIT are eligible for the WBI.

Although the WBI shares a similar name with the College Basketball Invitational and fills a similar role (a postseason tournament outside the auspices of the NCAA and NIT tournaments), the two competitions are operated by separate organizations and are unrelated except for the coincidental name.


Appalachian State
WBI Champions
– 2 championships, – 1 championship
Year Champion Runner-up Venue and city
2010 Appalachian State79 Memphis71 Holmes Convocation CenterBoone, NC
2011 UAB68 Cal State Bakersfield60 Bartow ArenaBirmingham, AL
2012 Minnesota88 Northern Iowa74 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN
2013 Detroit73 McNeese State62 Calihan HallDetroit, MI
2014 UIC73 Stephen F. Austin64 UIC PavilionChicago, IL
2015 Louisiana52 Siena50 Earl K. Long GymnasiumLafayette, LA
2016 Louisiana87 Weber State85 Earl K. Long GymnasiumLafayette, LA
2017 Rice74 UNC Greensboro62 Tudor FieldhouseHouston, TX
2018 Yale54 Central Arkansas50 Farris CenterConway, AR
2019 Appalachian State76 North Texas59 Holmes CenterBoone, NC

See also


  1. "WBI Frequently Asked Questions". PrestoSports. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  2. "WBI Selection Process". WBI. PrestoSports. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
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