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2019 Women's National Invitation Tournament

The 2019 Women's National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 64 NCAA Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2019 Women's NCAA Tournament. The tournament committee announced the 64-team field on March 18, following the selection of the NCAA Tournament field. The tournament began on March 20 and concluded on April 6, with the championship game televised on the CBS Sports Network.[1]

2019 WNIT
Season2018–19
Teams64
Finals siteMcKale Center
Tucson, AZ
ChampionsArizona (1st title)
Runner-upNorthwestern (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachAdia Barnes (1st title)
MVPAarion McDonald (Arizona)
WNIT

ParticipantsEdit

The 2019 Postseason WNIT field consists of 30 automatic invitations – one from each conference – and 34 at-large teams. Utah and LSU declined their respective automatic invitations.[2][3] The declined spots were filled as part of the at–large selection process. 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 have overall records of .500 or better.

Source:[4]

BracketEdit

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

Round 1
March 20–22
  Round 2
March 23–24
  Round 3
March 28
  Quarterfinals
March 31
                           
Arkansas 88*  
Houston 80     Arkansas 100  
Troy 89   UAB 52  
UAB 93       Arkansas 78  
TCU 72       TCU 82  
Prairie View A&M 41     TCU 71
UT Arlington 60   UT Arlington 54  
Stephen F. Austin 54       TCU 69
Green Bay 59       Cincinnati 55
Kent State 64     Kent State 52  
Butler 89   Butler 70  
Northeastern 72       Butler 65
Minnesota 91       Cincinnati 72  
Northern Iowa 75     Minnesota 65
Cincinnati 76   Cincinnati 72  
Youngstown State 62  
Round 1
March 20–22
  Round 2
March 24
  Round 3
March 27–28
  Quarterfinals
March 30
                           
West Virginia 83  
Rider 43     West Virginia 64  
Villanova 86*   Villanova 57  
Old Dominion 81       West Virginia 54  
Toledo 71       Northwestern 56  
Seton Hall 65     Toledo 47
Northwestern 74   Northwestern 54  
Dayton 51       Northwestern 61
Ohio State 61       Ohio 58
Morehead State 71     Morehead State 65  
Miami (OH) 63   Western Kentucky 68  
Western Kentucky 67       Western Kentucky 60
MTSU 59       Ohio 68  
IUPUI 47     MTSU 57
Ohio 81   Ohio 59  
High Point 74  
Round 1
March 20–22
  Round 2
March 24
  Round 3
March 28
  Quarterfinals
March 31
                           
New Mexico 75  
Denver 83     Denver 66  
Loyola 64   Idaho 88  
Idaho 79       Idaho 60  
Arizona 66       Arizona 68  
Idaho State 56     Arizona 64
Fresno State 72   Pacific 48  
Pacific 77       Arizona 67
Wyoming 68       Wyoming 45
Northern Colorado 60     Wyoming 78  
Lamar 71   South Alabama 71  
South Alabama 73       Wyoming 61
Saint Mary's 67       Pepperdine 60  
Hawaii 43     Saint Mary's 61
Cal Baptist 79   Pepperdine 65  
Pepperdine 91  
Round 1
March 20–22
  Round 2
March 24
  Round 3
March 27–28
  Quarterfinals
March 31
                           
James Madison 48  
North Carolina A&T 37     James Madison 71  
South Florida 84   South Florida 54  
Stetson 50       James Madison 70  
VCU 65       Virginia Tech 66  
Charlotte 52     VCU 72
Virginia Tech 92   Virginia Tech 82  
Furman 65       James Madison 54
Harvard 69       Georgetown 44
Drexel 56     Harvard 65  
Georgetown 90   Georgetown 70  
Sacred Heart 59       Georgetown 53
Penn 64       Providence 46  
American 45     Penn 54
Providence 71   Providence 64  
Hartford 54  

Semifinals and Championship GameEdit

Semifinals
April 3
Championship Game
April 6, 3:00 p.m.
CBS Sports Network
      
James Madison 69
Northwestern 74
Northwestern 42
Arizona 56
TCU 53
Arizona 59

SemifinalsEdit

Wed., April 3
7:00 pm
Northwestern 74, James Madison 69
Scoring by quarter: 19–11, 15–16, 23–20, 17–22
Wed., April 3
9:30 pm
TCU 53, Arizona 59
Scoring by quarter: 9–12, 14–17, 10–11, 20–19

ChampionshipEdit

Sat., April 6
3:00 pm
Northwestern 42, Arizona 56
Scoring by quarter: 12–16, 5–14, 16–19, 9–7

WNIT All-Tournament TeamEdit

  • Aarion McDonald (Arizona), MVP
  • Cat Reese (Arizona)
  • Veronica Burton (Northwestern)
  • Lindsey Pulliam (Northwestern)
  • Jackie Benitez (James Madison)
  • Amy Okonkwo (TCU)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EVENT INFO". Women's NIT. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Worn-down Ute women's basketball team will halt its season, turning down a WNIT bid". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Rabalais, Scott. "Season over: LSU women's basketball declines WNIT bid, misses NCAA tournament". The Advocate. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Postseason WNIT Field". Women's NIT. Retrieved March 18, 2019.

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