Hoosiers Get WNIT Bye and Home Game

On Saturday at Assembly Hall, Indiana (18-14) will host the winner of Radford at James Madison, a first-round game to be played on Thursday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game time is yet to be determined. Check out the full bracket here.

It is the second straight season the Hoosiers have received an at-large bid to the WNIT tournament, and both years were picked to host a second-round game after a bye. Last year, the Hoosiers beat Iona by three points in Bloomington behind 18 points from Nikki Smith, one of four IU players in double digits. Smith’s two free throws with about 15 seconds left helped ice the game for Indiana, which overcame a second-half deficit and 32 points from Iona forward Martina Weber. The Hoosiers then lost at South Dakota State.

Radford (23-11) earned an automatic berth, reserved for the highest finishing team in a conference that didn’t make the NCAA Tourney (Michigan State got the Big Ten’s), after losing the Big South championship for the second year running on a last-second shot. It’s the first postseason appearance since 1996 for the Highlanders, whose starting five all average double figure scoring and are led by 6-3 senior center Kelli Darden (12.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg).

James Madison
James Madison (22-9) also got an automatic bid by way of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes are in the postseason for the third consecutive year and are paced by the conference’s Player of the Year in senior guard Tamera Young, who sports a double-double average of 19.3 points and 10.0 boards per outing. Young became the school’s all-time leading scorer this season.

Besides the Spartans, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin also made the 48-team field, giving the Big Ten nine teams of 11 playing in the postseason.