March 17, 2014
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team was selected to the 64-team Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) field, as announced by Triple Crown Sports Monday night, and will host Green Bay at Williams Arena Wednesday in the opening round at 7:00 p.m.
"I thought our team did everything it needed to do and was deserving of a bid into the NCAA Tournament, but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control," head coach Pam Borton said. "However, we are excited to keep playing basketball together and ready to compete for a championship."
Minnesota enters this year's tournament with a 20-12 overall record and concluded the regular-season with an 8-8 Big Ten Conference record, which earned it a No. 6 seed for the Big Ten Tournament. The Gophers defeated Wisconsin in the opening round, before falling to No. 16/15 Nebraska in the quarterfinals.
Green Bay makes the trip to Minneapolis with a 22-9 record on the season, which includes a 13-3 Horizon League record, after falling to Wright State in their conference championship game at the Kress Events Center.
It will be the second-straight WNIT appearance for the Gophers, as they hosted Ball State in the opening round of the tournament at Williams Arena last season. Despite a late comeback, Minnesota suffered a 54-51 loss to the Cardinals.
The Gophers' first appearance in the WNIT came in 2007. That year, the Maroon and Gold defeated Illinois-Chicago, 97-54, at Williams Arena in the opening round, before falling on the road at Western Kentucky, 73-57, in the second round.
The Maroon and Gold also appeared in the original National Women's Invitational Tournament (NWIT) in 1978 and 1979, posting a 3-3 record in the tournament that was contested from 1969-1996.
Minnesota is 6-6 all-time when taking on Green Bay and Wednesday's meeting will be the first between the two teams in postseason play.
WNIT game dates by round:
Round 1 - March 19-21
Round 2 - March 22-25
Round 3 - March 26-28
Quarterfinals - March 29-30
Semifinals - April 2-3
Championship - April 5 - 2 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network)
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