2007 Women's National Invitation Tournament

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The 2007 Women's National Invitation Tournament[1] (WNIT) was a single-elimination tournament of 48 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that did not participate in the 2007 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.

The teams were deemed the "best of the rest" from the 31 Division I conferences were joined by 17 at-large selections.

The final four of the tournament paired Wisconsin against Western Kentucky and Wyoming against 2006 WNIT champion Kansas State. Wisconsin (23–12) defeated Western Kentucky 79–72. Meanwhile, across the country, Wyoming and Kansas State played a triple-overtime thriller. The Cowgirls eventually pulled out the victory, holding Kansas State to a single point in the third overtime, and winning 89–79.

The championship game of the WNIT was played Saturday, March 31, 2007 in front of 15,462 fans at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, WY (the largest crowd in Wyoming Cowgirl History). Wyoming dominated the game and won 72–56, bringing the Cowgirls their first postseason championship win. They also became the first Mountain West Conference team to win the tournament.

Region 1[edit]

  Round 1
March 14–16
Round 2
March 16–19
Round 3
March 20–22
Quarterfinals
March 22–25
                                     
        
   Missouri 67  
     Wyoming 73  
 Wyoming 84
 Nevada 56  
   Wyoming 64  
   Oregon 62  
        
        
   Oregon 70
     UC Santa Barbara 54  
 San Diego 63
 UC Santa Barbara 75  
   Wyoming 70
   South Dakota State 59
        
        
   Indiana 74
     Iona 71  
 Iona 91
 Long Island 79  
   Indiana 53
   South Dakota State 60  
        
        
   South Dakota State 61
     Illinois State 48  
 Illinois State 71***
 Rice 61  

(***) denotes triple overtime NOTE: ESPN has UC-Santa Barbara winning 70-54, but Oregon advancing. Reasons for this are currently unknown. However, http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story.php?story_id=117423503011776600 indicates, correctly, that Oregon won by the same score.

Region 2[edit]

  Round 1
March 14–16
Round 2
March 16–19
Round 3
March 20–22
Quarterfinals
March 22–25
                                     
        
   Virginia Tech 74  
     Western Carolina 64  
 W. Carolina 91
 E. Tennessee St. 63  
   Virginia Tech 73  
   Auburn 81  
        
        
   Auburn 74
     UAB 60  
 UAB 81
 Davidson 77  
   Auburn 54
   Kansas State 67
        
        
   Illinois 59
     Utah 48  
 Utah 78
 Montana 70  
   Illinois 51
   Kansas State 66  
        
        
   Kansas State 72
     Southern Illinois 46  
 Stephen F. Austin 50
 Southern Illinois 58  

Region 3[edit]

  Round 1
March 14–16
Round 2
March 16–19
Round 3
March 20–22
Quarterfinals
March 22–25
                                     
        
   Mississippi State 79  
     Tulane 73  
 Tulane 76
 Jackson State 43  
   Mississippi State 56  
   W. Kentucky 59  
        
        
   W. Kentucky 73
     Minnesota 57  
 Minnesota 97
 Illinois-Chicago 54  
   W. Kentucky 72
   Hofstra 54
        
        
   South Carolina 81
     Hartford 40  
 Hartford 70
 Bucknell 54  
   South Carolina 59
   Hofstra 64  
        
        
   Hofstra 64
     Seton Hall 52  
 Seton Hall 60
 Dartmouth 39  

Region 4[edit]

  Round 1
March 14–16
Round 2
March 16–19
Round 3
March 20–22
Quarterfinals
March 22–25
                                     
        
   Virginia 74  
     Charlotte 72  
 Charlotte 72
 High Point 45  
   Virginia 73  
   S. Florida 72  
        
        
   S. Florida 66
     Coppin State 49  
 Saint Joseph's 52
 Coppin State 67  
   Virginia 78
   Wisconsin 84
        
        
   Wisconsin 77
     Arkansas State 45  
 Arkansas State 59
 Murray State 52  
   Wisconsin 67
   Kentucky 61  
        
        
   Ball State 82
     Kentucky 85  
 Oakland 56
 Kentucky 65  

Semifinals and Final[edit]

Semifinals
March 26–29
Championship
March 31
           
Wyoming 89***
Kansas State 79
Wyoming 72
Wisconsin 56
W. Kentucky 72
Wisconsin 79

(***) denotes triple overtime

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