The NCAA Division I women’s teams that will make up the field for the Women’s Basketball Invitational, the WBI, will be announced on Monday evening March 14, three weeks from today, according to WBI Executive Director Emily Bauer.
The sixteen teams making up the 2nd annual WBI will be selected after consultation with the WBI Advisory Committee and reviews of RPI rankings, strength of schedule information, quality wins and end of season trends. The WBI Advisory Committee is comprised of former Division I coaches Theresa Grentz, Joe Ciampi, Caren Horstmeyer, Mary Hile-Nepfel and Kelly Kennedy.
“We’re excited about the possibilities for our second WBI”, commented Bauer. “Last year was a great experience for all our participating schools and with the tremendous number of quality teams and players, 2011’s WBI promises to be even better. It’s hard to believe we are only 3 weeks away.”
The 2011 WBI will take place over 2 weeks with all games being played at campus sites. First round games are scheduled to be played on March 16-17 with the Championship game tentatively scheduled for March 26 or 27.
In 2010, Appalachian State claimed the first WBI Championship with a 79-71 come from behind victory over the University of Memphis. Other 2010 participants were: Washington, Portland, UMKC, Wichita State, Akron, Cal-State-Bakersfield, TAMU-Corpus Christi, Charleston Southern, Towson State, Fairfield, Louisville, Bradley, College of Charleston and Moorehead State.
Sport Tours International, which hosts the event, announced the formation of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on July 14, 2009. The goal of the WBI is to provide a choice of postseason events for tournament worthy Division I women’s teams who wish to continue their seasons but did not qualify for the NCAA.
Sport Tours hosted three 2010 Division I women’s tournaments in Cancun , Nassau and Las Vegas. Participating teams included Baylor, Texas A&M, Arizona, Michigan, Bradley, William and Mary, Buffalo, Syracuse, Clemson, California, Texas Tech, UT-Arlington and Pittsburgh.
For further information regarding the 2011 Women’s Basketball Invitational, please contact Sallie Gordon – firstname.lastname@example.org.