Every team has a goal of reaching the NCAA tournament. It doesn’t matter if you get matched up against a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The feeling of being in the NCAA tournament for athletes and coaches is incredible. But not everyone gets into the tournament.
In women’s basketball 64 teams get the opportunity to play in the tournament. That teams more than 250 teams, many of which had a great season, on the outside looking in. That’s where other postseason opportunities come into play. For women’s basketball there are two more – Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). With 64 teams in the WNIT and 16 more in the WBI that gives an additional 80 teams a chance to play for a championship and 144 total teams in women’s postseason tournaments.
Renee Carlson, Director of the WNIT, was a guest on my radio show to talk about how the selection committee determines who receives an invite to play in the tournament and how teams are selected to host games throughout the tournament.
Hear the interview in its entirety –
South Dakota advanced to the second round of the WNIT with a win over Creighton. The Coyotes will play Sunday at Minnesota.