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.
|Finals site||McKale Center|
|Champions||Arizona (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Northwestern (1st title game)|
|Winning coach||Adia Barnes (1st title)|
|MVP||Aarion McDonald (Arizona)|
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. 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.
|Prairie View A&M||41||TCU||71|
|UT Arlington||60||UT Arlington||54|
|Stephen F. Austin||54||TCU||69|
|Kent State||64||Kent State||52|
|Old Dominion||81||West Virginia||54|
|Morehead State||71||Morehead State||65|
|Miami (OH)||63||Western Kentucky||68|
|Western Kentucky||67||Western Kentucky||60|
|North Carolina A&T||37||James Madison||71|
|South Florida||84||South Florida||54|
|Virginia Tech||92||Virginia Tech||82|
Semifinals and Championship GameEdit
April 6, 3:00 p.m.
CBS Sports Network
Wed., April 3
|Northwestern 74, James Madison 69|
|Scoring by quarter: 19–11, 15–16, 23–20, 17–22|
Wed., April 3
|TCU 53, Arizona 59|
|Scoring by quarter: 9–12, 14–17, 10–11, 20–19|
WNIT All-Tournament TeamEdit
- Aarion McDonald (Arizona), MVP
- Cat Reese (Arizona)
- Veronica Burton (Northwestern)
- Lindsey Pulliam (Northwestern)
- Jackie Benitez (James Madison)
- Amy Okonkwo (TCU)
- "EVENT INFO". Women's NIT. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
- "Worn-down Ute women's basketball team will halt its season, turning down a WNIT bid". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- Rabalais, Scott. "Season over: LSU women's basketball declines WNIT bid, misses NCAA tournament". The Advocate. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- "Postseason WNIT Field". Women's NIT. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
- Official website WNIT Pre and Post Tournament