2009 Women's National Invitation Tournament

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The 2009 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) was a single-elimination tournament of 48 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that did not participate in the 2009 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. It was won by South Florida. The 41st annual tournament was played from March 18, 2009 to April 4, 2009, entirely on campus sites. The highest ranked team in each conference that did not receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament received an automatic bid to this tournament. The remaining slots were filled by the WNIT Selection Committee.

Seeding[edit]

Teams are not seeded in the WNIT. Rather, teams are placed into one of three tiers. Teams in the upper tier are spread around the bracket as best as possible, although not every upper tier team receives a first round bye. Lower tier and middle tier teams tend to meet in the first round, while upper tier teams will usually play winners of first-round games in the second round. The organizers attempt to bracket the first two rounds based on geography. The location of games is determined in part by seed, but also by facility availability and other factors.[1]

Participants[edit]

Sections[edit]

Section 1
School Conference Record Berth type
Oregon State Pac-10 19–11 Automatic
Nebraska Big 12 15–15 At-Large
Arkansas SEC 17–13 Automatic
Kansas Big 12 18–13 Automatic
Portland WCC 17–13 Automatic
Portland State Big Sky 22–9 Automatic
Southern SWAC 16–13 Automatic
New Mexico MWC 22–10 Automatic
Texas-Arlington Southland 22–10 Automatic
Oklahoma State Big 12 16–15 At-Large
UC Riverside Big West 19–11 Automatic
Creighton MVC 21–11 At-Large
Section 2
School Conference Record Berth type
Marquette Big East 16–15 At-Large
Illinois State MVC 24–7 Automatic
Indiana Big Ten 19–10 Automatic
Bowling Green MAC 28–4 Automatic
Butler Horizon 19–11 Automatic
Duquesne A-10 20–11 At-Large
Southern Methodist C-USA 20–11 Automatic
Louisiana Tech WAC 20–12 Automatic
Dayton A-10 20–13 At-Large
Oakland Summit 26–6 Automatic
Canisius MAAC 24–8 Automatic
Syracuse Big East 16–14 At-Large
Section 3
School Conference Record Berth type
Boston College ACC 20–11 Automatic
Hartford America East 20–11 At-Large
Wake Forest ACC 19–11 At-Large
Richmond A-10 23–9 Automatic
Central Connecticut State Northeast 18–13 Automatic
Boston America East 24–7 Automatic
Harvard Ivy League 19–9 Automatic
St. John's Big East 17–14 At-Large
Winthrop Big South 16–15 At-Large
Georgetown Big East 17–13 At-Large
American Patriot 19–11 Automatic
James Madison CAA 23–9 Automatic
Section 4
School Conference Record Berth type
St. Bonaventure A-10 21–10 At-Large
Wisconsin Big Ten 18–14 At-Large
South Florida Big East 22–10 Automatic
Mississippi SEC 17–14 At-Large
Coppin State MEAC 14–14 Automatic
West Virginia Big East 17–14 At-Large
Chattanooga SoCon 22–9 Automatic
Kentucky SEC 15–15 At-Large
George Washington A-10 17–13 At-Large
Florida Gulf Coast A-Sun 25–4 Automatic
Murray State OVC 22–8 Automatic
Arkansas-Little Rock Sun Belt 26–6 Automatic

Bracket[edit]

All times US EDT † – Denotes overtime period

Section 1[edit]

  Round 1
March 18–20
Round 2
March 21–24
Round 3
March 25–27
Quarterfinals
March 28–30
                                     
       
  Oregon State* 59  
    Portland State 47  
Portland 51
Portland State* 57  
  Oregon State 56  
  New Mexico* 61  
       
       
  Nebraska* 43
    New Mexico 54  
Southern 44
New Mexico* 72  
  New Mexico* 69
  Kansas 78
       
       
  Arkansas* 61†
    Oklahoma State 60  
Texas-Arlington 72
Oklahoma State* 82  
  Arkansas 59
  Kansas* 75  
       
       
  Kansas* 79
    Creighton 64  
UC Riverside 51
Creighton* 64  

Note: Asterisk denotes home team. † denotes overtime.

Section 2[edit]

  Round 1
March 18–20
Round 2
March 21–24
Round 3
March 25–27
Quarterfinals
March 28–30
                                     
       
  Marquette* 58  
    Butler 49  
Butler 59
Duquesne* 58  
  Marquette 50  
  Illinois State* 51  
       
       
  Illinois State* 73
    Louisiana Tech 59  
Southern Methodist 54
Louisiana Tech* 77  
  Illinois State* 66
  Indiana 55
       
       
  Indiana* 59
    Dayton 57  
Dayton 70
Oakland* 55  
  Indiana 75
  Bowling Green* 67  
       
       
  Bowling Green* 72
    Syracuse 69  
Canisius 65
Syracuse 90  

Note: Asterisk denotes home team. † denotes overtime.

Section 3[edit]

  Round 1
March 18–20
Round 2
March 21–24
Round 3
March 25–27
Quarterfinals
March 28–30
                                     
       
  Boston College* 68  
    Boston University 53  
Central Connecticut State 60
Boston University* 79  
  Boston College 68  
  St. John's* 64  
       
       
  Hartford* 59
    St. John's 70  
Harvard 60
St. John's* 83  
  Boston College* 65
  Georgetown 56
       
       
  Wake Forest* 61
    Georgetown 72  
Winthrop 45
Georgetown* 73  
  Georgetown* 65
  Richmond 49  
       
       
  Richmond* 59
    James Madison 57  
American 59
James Madison* 61  

Note: Asterisk denotes home team. † denotes overtime.

Section 4[edit]

  Round 1
March 18–20
Round 2
March 21–24
Round 3
March 25–27
Quarterfinals
March 28–30
                                     
       
  St. Bonaventure* 68  
    West Virginia 63  
Coppin State 40
West Virginia* 70  
  St. Bonaventure 56  
  Wisconsin* 51  
       
       
  Wisconsin* 49
    Kentucky 45  
Chattanooga 76
Kentucky* 81†  
  St. Bonaventure* 66
  South Florida 80
       
       
  South Florida* 88 †
    Florida Gulf Coast 81  
George Washington 94
Florida Gulf Coast* 97†  
  South Florida* 74
  Mississippi 57  
       
       
  Mississippi* 87
    Murray State 49  
Murray State 67
Arkansas-Little Rock* 65  

Note: Asterisk denotes home team. † denotes overtime

Semifinals and finals[edit]

Semifinals
April 1
Finals
April 4
           
Kansas* 75
Illinois State 72
Kansas* 71
South Florida 75
Boston College* 65
South Florida 82

Note: Asterisk denotes home team

References[edit]