WVU Women’s Basketball Team Readies For WNIT Appearance
The Mountaineer women’s basketball team will entertain Rider on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the 64-team Postseason WNIT.
It marks the first-ever meeting between West Virginia (20-10) and the Broncs (19-12), who are members of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference
The Mountaineers will be making their second consecutive appearance in the WNIT and their sixth overall. West Virginia advanced to the WNIT semifinals last season, ending the season with a 64-61 loss to Virginia Tech. WVU has made two prior appearances in the WNIT title game. In 2015, the Mountaineers suffered a 62-60 loss to UCLA at the Charleston Civic Center and fell to Southwest Missouri State (now referred to as Missouri State) by a score of 78-70 in the 2005 title game in Morgantown.
West Virginia will make its 13th straight postseason appearance in 2018 and its 18th overall. Fifteen of the program’s postseason appearances, including nine NCAA appearances, have come under current head coach Mike Carey. The Mountaineers enter the 2019 WNIT with a 15-6 overall mark in the tournament and a 14-4 record during Carey’s tenure.
If West Virginia defeats Rider on Thursday, it will face the Villanova-Old Dominion winner in round two. The time, date and location of that second round game has not yet been announced, though it will be played sometime between March 23-26.
WVU is one of six Big 12 women’s basketball teams who will be participating in postseason play this year – four in the NCAA Tournament and two in the WNIT.
Baylor earned the Conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA field after winning the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship last week. The Lady Bears (31-1), who won their ninth-consecutive regular-season title, are the No. 1 overall seed and are slotted in the Greensboro Regional. This is the sixth time overall and the third time in the last four years that BU is a No. 1 seed.
Joining Baylor in the NCAAs are No. 3-seed Iowa State, No. 7-seed Texas and No. 9-seed K-State. The Lady Bears and the Cyclones will host first and second round games. Iowa State is the No. 3 seed in the Chicago Regional.
West Virginia is the Big 12’s automatic qualifier in the WNIT, while TCU will also participate in the tournament.
Including this year’s selections, the Big 12 has 136 appearances in the NCAA Championship and 46 in the WNIT for a total of 182 postseason bids since inception in 1996-97.
Big 12 NCAA Championship First Round Matchups
Friday, March 22
No. 9 K-State vs. No. 8 Michigan in Louisville, Kentucky (ESPN2), 2:00 p.m. ET
No. 10 Indiana vs. No. 7 Texas in Eugene, Oregon (ESPN2), 7:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 23
No. 16 Abilene Christian vs. No. 1 Baylor in Waco, Texas (ESPN2), 5:30 p.m. ET
No. 14 New Mexico State vs. No. 3 Iowa State in Ames, Iowa (ESPN2), 5:30 p.m. ET
Big 12 WNIT Qualifiers
Thursday, March 21
Prairie View A&M at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Rider at West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va., 7:00