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
Season 201718
Teams 64
Champions Indiana Hoosiers (1st title)
Runner-up Virginia Tech Hokies (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Teri Moren (1st title)
MVP Tyra Buss (Indiana)
Attendance 13,007
WNIT

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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][4]

Automatic qualifiers

Conference School
America East Albany
American UCF
Atlantic 10 Duquesne
Atlantic Sun Jacksonville
ACC Virginia Tech
Big 12 TCU
Big East St John’s
Big Sky Idaho
Big South Radford
Big Ten Indiana
Big West UC Davis
Colonial Drexel
C-USA UAB
Horizon League IUPUI
Ivy League Penn
MAAC Marist
MAC Ball State
MEAC Bethune Cookman
Missouri Valley Missouri State
Mountain West UNLV
Northeast Robert Morris
Ohio Valley UT Martin
Patriot Bucknell
SEC Alabama
Southern East Tennessee State
Southland Lamar
SWAC Southern
Summit League South Dakota
Sun Belt Texas State
WCC Saint Mary’s
WAC New Mexico State

At-large bids

Conference School
American Cincinnati
American Houston
Atlantic 10 Fordham
Atlantic 10 George Mason
Atlantic 10 Saint Joseph’s
Atlantic 10 Saint Louis
ACC Georgia Tech
Big 12 Kansas State
Big 12 West Virginia
Big East Georgetown
Big East Seton Hall
Big Ten Michigan State
Big Ten Penn State
Big Ten Purdue
Colonial Delaware
Colonial James Madison
CUSA Louisiana Tech
CUSA Middle Tennessee State
CUSA Rice
Horizon League Milwaukee
Horizon League Wright State
Ivy League Harvard
MAC Miami (OH)
MAC Toledo
Missouri Valley Northern Iowa
Mountain West Colorado State
Mountain West New Mexico
Mountain West Wyoming
Pac-12 Utah
Patriot Navy
Southern Chattanooga
Southland Stephen F. Austin
Summit League Western Illinois

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