March 18, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team has accepted a bid to play in the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament and will receive a first-round bye in the 48-team field. MSU's first game in the WNIT is set for Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in the Breslin Center against Bowling Green. The Falcons (26-7) defeated Dayton in the first round Thursday night, 64-52.
Tickets for Saturday's game will go on sale Tuesday morning through the MSU Athletic Ticket Office. Everyone regardless of age must have a ticket to enter the arena. Ticket prices for Saturday's game are as follows:
General Admission: $5 youth/senior, $10 adult
Reserved: $15 regardless of age
MSU students: $5 GA
Groups of 15+: $5 GA
Women's Basketball season tickets holders who place their order by Wednesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. will be guaranteed their regular season seats.
The Spartans, who are making their fourth appearance in the WNIT, enter the tournament with a 19-13 overall record. Michigan State is 7-3 all-time in its three previous appearances, including a run to the semifinals in 2002. The Spartans went 2-1 and reached the quarterfinals in both 1999 and 2000.
The WNIT kicks off postseason action Wednesday, with first-round games. All games are held on the campuses of participating schools. While 32 teams will play in the first round, 16 teams received a bye and will begin their tournament with a second-round game. The Postseason WNIT features 16 first-round games, followed by 16 second-round games, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games and the championship. The WNIT championship begins at 4 p.m. ET Saturday, April 5, and will be hosted by one of the two final participating schools.
The WNIT awards an automatic berth to each of the nation's 31 conferences. The spot goes to the team that finishes the highest in the regular-season conference standings that does not advance to the NCAA Tournament. If there is a tie, the WNIT abides by the conference tiebreaker. To be considered for WNIT selection, a team must have an overall record of .500 or better.
The remaining spots are filled by teams selected at-large.
This year's field features five teams from the Big Ten, four teams from the Big East and four teams from SEC. Other conferences that got more than one team in the field were the Big 12 and Missouri Valley (three each), and the Sun Belt, Atlantic 10, ACC, and Colonial (two each).
Michigan State competed in the Preseason WNIT, going 2-1 and reaching the semifinals. The Spartans beat IUPUI and Evansville before falling to LSU.