Wildcats Advance to Postseason WNIT

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State women’s basketball team will advance to its second-straight Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).  It’s the sixth-straight postseason appearance for the Wildcats.

 

K-State (16-14) will receive first round bye and will face the winner of Southern Illinois and Stephen F. Austin in the second round.  Site, date and time will be determined after the first round games.  SFA will travel to Southern Illinois on Thursday, Mar. 15 for their first round game.

 

The WNIT has expanded its field from 40 to 48 teams this season.  The eight-team expansion allowed an automatic bid from each of the nation’s 31 conferences.  The team with the best record in the conference’s regular-season standings that did not advance to the NCAA Tournament, received a spot in the WNIT.  The remaining 17 berths were filled by the top teams available based on the selection criteria.

 

The 2007 Postseason WNIT will feature 16 first-round games, followed by 16 second-round games, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games and the championship.  All games in the single-elimination format are played at the home facilities of participating schools.

 

This is third appearance in the Postseason WNIT for Kansas State.  The Wildcats went 1-1 in the 1999 with a first-round home victory over Creighton (71-60) and a second-round loss at Arkansas State (70-83).  K-State won the WNIT title last season winning all five games at Bramlage Coliseum to mark its first postseason championship title in school history.

 

K-State and Missouri are the only two Big 12 Conference schools to earn a WNIT bid.  Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Texas A&M all advanced to the NCAA Tournament.