Indiana Earns WNIT Bid, Hosts Belmont Thursday
March 18, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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March 17, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will host Belmont in the first round of the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 20, in Assembly Hall. The game time will be announced on Tuesday, March 18.
The Hoosiers are making their seventh appearance in the WNIT and the program's first since 2009. Since the NCAA began a women's basketball tournament in 1983, this year will mark Indiana's 11th appearance in a postseason tournament that along with the WNIT appearances (1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) includes four NCAA Tournament berths (1983, 1994, 1995, 2002) and one NWIT appearance (1991). Prior to NCAA Tournament play, IU made an AIAW Final Four appearance in 1973 and two AIAW Elite Eight appearances in 1972 and 1974.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to play in the WNIT," head coach Curt Millersaid. "It will be a great experience for our young and growing program. I am also happy for our seniors to have the opportunity to end their careers going to postseason play. They have helped us change the culture and form a solid foundation for the future. I also want to thank our administration for their support and commitment to our program which helped secure a home game. It is another opportunity for our growing fan base to come out and support us in Assembly Hall."
Tickets for the WNIT will go on sale on Tuesday, March 18 at 9 a.m. ET and will be $6 for adult general admission, $4 for IU student general admission and $4 for youth (18 and under). Everyone attending a WNIT game will have to have a ticket to enter (this includes youth ages two and younger). Tickets can be purchased online at IUHoosiers.com, by phone by calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or directly from the IU Ticket Office located just inside the west lobby doors of Assembly Hall.
The IU Athletic Department will offer a number of promotions for fans in celebrating Indiana's first WNIT berth in five years. "This one is on Fred" returns again as IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass will purchase Indiana student and faculty/staff tickets for the first 400 fans to enter Assembly Hall and show a valid ID for the first round.
A Family 4-Pack ticket option will also be available. Those who purchase the four-pack will receive a concession stand voucher. Free t-shirts will also be given away to the first 500 fans that attend WNIT games.
The WNIT bracket is made up of 64 teams in a single-elimination championship format. The field includes 32 teams that earned an automatic berth, and 32 teams that were chosen at-large. The automatic qualifiers are the best teams available from the nation's 32 conferences that were not selected for the NCAA Tournament.
The Postseason WNIT will open with all first-round games taking place Wednesday through Friday, March 19-21. The event culminates Saturday, April 5 with the championship game, which will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. All games are hosted by participating schools. The WNIT began in 1998 and is in its 17th year.