MSU Women’s Basketball Faces Cincinnati in the WNIT
The Spartans return to the WNIT for the first time since 2008.
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State women’s basketball continues its season, facing Cincinnati in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday, March 15 at the Breslin Center.
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Game time, ticket prices and ways to follow will be announced on Tuesday, March 13. The winner of the MSU-UC game will take on the winner of the game between Wright State and Toledo, which will be held in Toledo on Friday, March 16.
The Bearcats enter postseason with a 19-12 overall record and were 10-6 in the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati advanced to the semifinals of the AAC Tournament before falling to No. 1 UConn, 75-21 on March 5.
The Spartans are 17-13 overall this season and ended Big Ten play with a 7-9 record during an injury-plagued season. Michigan State fell to Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in an epic four overtime contest, 111-109.
Overall, Michigan State is 6-0 against UC, stopping the Bearcats, 103-63, on Nov. 27, 2015 at the Junkaroo Jam in the Bahamas. The teams have a lengthy history with the first meeting coming in 1977 on the road with MSU earning the 96-61 advantage. The teams have only met once in East Lansing in 2003 with the Spartans capturing the victory, 55-43.
MSU has now advanced to postseason play 15 of the last 16 seasons. Michigan State joins Indiana, Penn State and Purdue and Rutgers in the field of 64 WNIT teams. Overall 11 Big Teams will be playing in either the NCAA Tournament or the WNIT.
This is Michigan State’s first trip to the WNIT since the 2008 season when the Spartans fell in the championship game. That season, MSU played all five games at home, before falling to Marquette 81-66. Overall, the Spartans are 11-4 in the WNIT, including 4-0 in the first round and 4-0 in the second round.
MSU has played in the WNIT in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2008. Overall, the Spartans have now advanced to postseason play 21 times with 16 NCAA appearances and five trips to the WNIT.