IU women to host WNIT opener #iuwbb

A long shot to make the NCAA Tournament when the buzzer sounded on a loss to No. 17 Maryland at the Big Ten Tournament a week and a half ago, the Indiana University women’s basketball team was unable to buck the odds when the field of 64 was revealed Monday night on ESPN.

The Hoosiers were left out of the NCAA field, while fellow Big Ten teams Ohio State, Maryland, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska were included. Also missing the cut were Purdue and Rutgers, while former IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack led Buffalo to an at-large berth.

The season, however, is not over. Instead of the NCAA, IU (17-14) will turn its attention to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the second straight year, hosting UT Martin (19-14) on Thursday night in an opening round game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Game time will be announced Tuesday.

The Hoosiers are 4-0 all-time against the Skyhawks of the Ohio Valley Conference with the last meeting coming on Dec. 9, 2009, an 80-46 IU victory.

A home game will also give hometown fans at least one more chance, and possibly more if the Hoosiers advance, to see seniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill wrap up their record-setting careers.

“This is a great opportunity for our program to play postseason basketball on our home court in front of Hoosier Nation,” IU coach Teri Moren said in a release. “It also gives Amanda and Tyra a chance to go out by competing for a WNIT championship on our home court while getting our younger players great postseason experience.”

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

The Hoosiers will be making their ninth appearance in the WNIT all-time, reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament both last year and in 2013-14. Indiana has an overall record of 12-8 in the WNIT.

IU was the Big Ten’s automatic qualifier, an honor that goes to the highest finishing team in the conference’s regular-season standings that is not selected to the NCAA Tournament. In this case, Indiana and Purdue tied for that honor, but since the Hoosiers swept the Boilermakers, they won the Big Ten Tournament seeding tiebreaker and the WNIT automatic bid.

Other Big Ten squads in the 64-team WNIT field are Purdue, Michigan State and Penn State. Rutgers was initially in the field but declined the bid. Former Bloomington South standout Lauren Whitlatch is also in the field with Penn, which hosts Albany in its opener on the opposite side of the bracket from IU.

Indiana and Purdue could meet for the third time this season in the third round, requiring each team to win twice. In the opener, the Boilermakers visit IUPUI, which is coached by former Purdue men’s player Austin Parkinson. Current Hoosier assistant coach Janese Banks was on Parkinson’s staff before coming to Bloomington. The Middle Tennessee-Ball State winner awaits the Purdue-IUPUI winner.

If IU advances, it would play the Northern Iowa-Milwaukee winner at some point between Saturday and next Tuesday.

Cahill Academic All-American
Indiana senior forward Amanda Cahill was named to the 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-American second team on Monday, her second straight year as an Academic All-American.

The The Clyde, Ohio native made the third team last year and is the first back-to-back selection in IU women’s basketball history, joining Terri Friedman in 1981 and 1982. Cahill carries a 3.92 GPA in Elementary Education.


  1. This is what I was hoping for. Great to know we will be getting the opportunity to see our team play at home again. Hope we can get a great crowd for the girls! Go Hoosiers!!

  2. It is really good to see that the IU ladies were able to pull this season out of the fire. IU ladies were able to maintain level at where they currently see themselves during T.Moren era while finishing pretty strong this season. Putting things in perspective it is a picture and reflection of where T. Buss and A. Cahill, T.Moren and staff along with other players who have provided stability for the IU ladies basketball program. There are several equal teams in the NIT field after the first couple rounds. From this current plateau which IU ladies find themselves on it will be interesting to see which way they go in the future…run in place, go down, or GO UP TO THE NEXT PLATEAU (whatever that will be).

  3. A new season begins at home! UT Martin has a solid team and will be making its seventh postseason appearance in the past eight years. They lost many close games this season including a 2 point loss to Purdue and an overtime loss to #22 Belmont in their conference championship game. We will need to be on our game to advance.
    Time to begin a new streak.

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