2017 Women's National Invitation Tournament

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2017 WNIT
Season 2016–17
Teams 64
Champions Michigan Wolverines (1st title)
Runner-up Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Kim Barnes Arico (1st title)
MVP Katelynn Flaherty (Michigan)
Attendance 4,417
Top scorer Katelynn Flaherty Michigan
(27 points)
WNIT

The 2017 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 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament. The tournament committee announced the 64-team field on March 13, following the selection of the NCAA Tournament field. The tournament began on March 15 and ended on April 1, with the championship game televised on the CBS Sports Network.[1] In the championship game, the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 89–79, in triple overtime.

Participants

The 2017 Postseason WNIT field consists of 32 automatic invitations – one from each conference – and 32 (or more) at-large teams. The intention of the WNIT Selection Committee was to select the best available at-large teams in the nation. A team offered an automatic berth by the WNIT will be the team that is the highest-finishing team in its conference's regular-season standings, and not selected for the NCAA Tournament. A team that fulfills these qualities, and accepts, earned the WNIT automatic berth for its conference, regardless of overall record. The remaining berths in the WNIT were filled by the best teams available. Any team considered for an at-large berth has an overall record of .500 or better.[2]

Bracket

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

Round 1
March 16–17
  Round 2
March 18–19
  Round 3
March 23
  Quarterfinals
March 26
                           
Colorado State 80*  
Saint Mary's 68     Colorado State 57  
Utah 62   UC Davis 58  
UC Davis 72       UC Davis 62  
BYU 64       Washington State 71  
Washington State 72     Washington State 68*
Wyoming 68   Wyoming 67  
Seattle 52       Washington State 74
South Dakota 78       Iowa 66
North Dakota 55     South Dakota 73  
Iowa 95   Iowa 78  
Missouri State 74       Iowa 80
South Dakota State 94       Colorado 62  
Northern Illinois 84     South Dakota State 75
Colorado 66   Colorado 81*  
UNLV 52  
Round 1
March 15–16
  Round 2
March 19
  Round 3
March 23
  Quarterfinals
March 26
                           
Tulane 62  
Texas-Arlington 57     Tulane 66  
Ole Miss 75   Grambling State 49  
Grambling State 78       Tulane 64  
Alabama 81       Alabama 72  
Mercer 57     Alabama 55
Southern Miss 62   Little Rock 53  
Little Rock 72       Alabama 66
Middle Tennessee 67       Georgia Tech 76
Morehead State 58     Middle Tennessee 73  
Wake Forest 71   Wake Forest 66  
Bethune-Cookman 42       Middle Tennessee 57
Georgia Tech 71       Georgia Tech 70  
Jacksonville 55     Georgia Tech 63
UCF 73   UCF 51  
Stetson 53  
Round 1
March 16–17
  Round 2
March 18–19
  Round 3
March 23
  Quarterfinals
March 25
                           
Michigan 67  
Kent State 60     Michigan 71  
Wright State 66   Wright State 66  
Central Michigan 64       Michigan 60  
New Hampshire 56       St. John's 40  
Harvard 69     Harvard 57
St. John's 72   St. John's 62  
Sacred Heart 43       Michigan 80
Penn State 74       Virginia Tech 62
Ohio 65     Penn State 70  
Georgetown 49   Fordham 51  
Fordham 60       Penn State 55
George Washington 51       Virginia Tech 64  
Navy 61*     Navy 64
Virginia Tech 76   Virginia Tech 75  
Rider 62  
Round 1
March 16–17
  Round 2
March 19–20
  Round 3
March 23
  Quarterfinals
March 26
                           
Princeton 53  
Villanova 59     Villanova 56  
Drexel 70   Drexel 51  
Duquesne 47       Villanova 69*  
James Madison 80       James Madison 67  
Radford 59     James Madison 61
Saint Joseph's 56   Virginia 55  
Virginia 62       Villanova 69
Indiana 71       Indiana 57
Ball State 58     Indiana 71  
Saint Louis 62   Saint Louis 53  
IUPUI 57       Indiana 64
Oklahoma State 56       SMU 44  
Abilene Christian 66     Abilene Christian 52
SMU 75*   SMU 59  
Louisiana Tech 70  

Semifinals and Championship Game

Semifinals
March 29
Championship Game
April 1
           
Washington State 61
Georgia Tech 69
Georgia Tech 79
Michigan 89***
Michigan 65
Villanova 61

See also

References

  1. ^ "Postseason WNIT final to air on CBS Sports Network". Women's NIT. Triple Crown Sports. March 3, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Postseason WNIT Sets Dates". Women's NIT. TripleCrownSports. January 19, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
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