IU women to host Belmont in WNIT opener

There will be postseason basketball for Indiana.

The IU women’s team will host Belmont Thursday at Assembly Hall in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The gametime will be announced Tuesday. It’s the first postseason tournament bid for the Hoosiers since playing in the 2009 WNIT.

Indiana (18-12) is one of four Big Ten teams selected to the WNIT, joining Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to play in the WNIT,” head coach Curt Miller said. “It will be a great experience for our young and growing program. I am also happy for our seniors to have the opportunity to end their careers going to postseason play. They have helped us change the culture and form a solid foundation for the future. I also want to thank our administration for their support and commitment to our program which helped secure a home game. It is another opportunity for our growing fan base to come out and support us in Assembly Hall.”

The Hoosiers built their resume by winning a program-record 14 consecutive games to start the season. Their 18 wins are the most for the program since the 2008-09 season, when they won two games in the WNIT, including a 75-67 victory over Miller’s Bowling Green squad. Indiana was one of the last four remaining undefeated teams in the country and was the final Big Ten team with a perfect record.

IU opened the conference season by earning its best win of the season, knocking off then-No. 22 Iowa at Assembly Hall on Jan. 2. That win helped catapult the Hoosiers into the No. 22 ranking in the Associated Press poll the next week. It was only the second time in program history that the Hoosiers had appeared in the top 25 poll and the first time since Jan. 19, 1993. Indiana has never been ranked higher than No. 22.

The WNIT selection comes only two years after the program finished 6-24.

Tickets for the WNIT will go on sale on Tuesday, March 18 at 9 a.m. and will be $6 for adult general admission, $4 for IU student general admission and $4 for youth (18 and under).

Follow the jump for reaction from inside the program.

2 comments

  1. Just another positive for this year’s team! This year’s team has accomplished much more than anyone thought was possible. This young team has played hard all year long and has been an absolute pleasure to watch. As coach Miller and his staff continue to turn this program around, we as fans owe it to these young ladies to come out and support them as much as possible. Looking forward to a large crowd Thursday evening even though the students are on break. Other than the pep band, there have been very few students attending the women’s games anyway. Go Hoosiers!!

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