Women's Basketball Receives Automatic Bid In WNIT
March 12, 2007
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC women's basketball team earned an automatic berth in the 2007 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Marking their first postseason appearance in school history, the Flames (19-12) will face Minnesota (16-15) at Willimas Arena on Wednesday, March 14 in the first round at 7:00 p.m. The winner will travel to Western Kentucky in a second round matchup on Saturday, March 17 or Sunday, March 18.
Because the Flames were the highest-finishing team in the Horizon League regular-season standings that did not receive an NCAA Tournament berth, they were awarded an automatic bid into the WNIT.
UIC posted a 19-12 overall record and placed second in the regular season Horizon League standings with an 11-5 mark.
The Golden Gophers posted a 16-15 overall record and tied for fifth in the Big Ten Conference (7-9).
The WNIT is an annual tournament that expanded its field to 48 teams in 2007 for the first time in the history of the event. The eight-team expansion made it possible for each conference to automatically have at least one spot guaranteed in the Postseason WNIT.
The tournament features 16 first-round games, followed by 16 second-round, eight third-round, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games and a championship contest that will be nationally televised.
All games are hosted by the participating universities at their home facilities, which include the semifinals and title game.
For the complete 2007 WNIT bracket, please click on the link above.