National Women's Invitational Tournament

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National Women's Invitational Tournament
Sport Basketball
Founded 1969
No. of teams 8
Country  United States
Ceased 1996
Most titles Wayland Baptist - 9
Related competitions Women's NIT
Women's Basketball Invitational
Founder Unknown

The National Women's Invitational Tournament (NWIT) was a post-season tournament for women's intercollegiate basketball programs that was contested from 1969 to 1996. The original sponsorship information appears to have been lost over the ensuing years. After the NWIT folded in 1996, the concept was resurrected in 1998 by Triple Crown Sports under the same name, but the name was changed the following season to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (also known as the WNIT).[1]

Format[edit]

Begun in the same year as the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's invitational tournament (which was assumed by the now-defunct Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1972), the NWIT was an eight team, double elimination tournament held at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. Through 1974, the tournament included teams from both four-year colleges and junior colleges.[1]

Championship history[edit]

Source: [1]

Year Champion Runner-up
1969 Wayland Baptist 54 Ouachita Baptist 34
1970 Wayland Baptist 50 Midwestern State 46
1971 Wayland Baptist 63 Parsons 44
1972 Wayland Baptist 48 John F. Kennedy College   41
1973 Wayland Baptist 52 John F. Kennedy College 49
1974 Wayland Baptist 59 John F. Kennedy College 52
1975 Wayland Baptist 79 UCLA 41
1976 Wayland Baptist 90 UCLA 77
1977 Wayland Baptist 79 UCLA 75
1978 Old Dominion 70 Texas 60
1979 South Carolina 74 Drake 71
1980 Oregon State 71 North Carolina 62
1981 Georgia 75* Arizona State 73
1982 Oregon State 76 Florida State 60
1983 New Orleans 68 Memphis State 58
1984 Vanderbilt 67 Chattanooga 66
1985 LSU 74 Florida 54
1986 Idaho 100  Northwestern State 91
1987 Arkansas 112 California 80
1988 DePaul 83 Purdue 55
1989 Oregon 67 San Diego State 64
1990 Kentucky 85 Toledo 76
1991 Santa Clara 71 Indiana 68
1992 Georgia Tech 90 Hawaiʻi 72
1993 Arkansas State 67 SMU 54
1994 Oklahoma 69 Arkansas State 65
1995 Texas A&M 85 Northwestern State 81
1996 Arizona 79 Northwestern 63

*Overtime

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