Mountain West Sends Four Teams To Women’s Basketball National Postseason Tournaments
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West will send four women's basketball teams to national postseason tournaments. Boise State moves on to the NCAA Tournament with the league’s automatic bid. Colorado State earned the Conference’s automatic bid to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) via its regular season title, while Fresno State joins them with an at-large slot. New Mexico is just the second Mountain West team to accept a bid to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).
This year marks the 16th consecutive season in which the Mountain West has sent multiple teams to the postseason. It is the 13th consecutive year, and 15th overall, that the MW will have a representative in the WNIT.
Boise State (22-10) earned the Mountain West automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament with a 66-60 win over New Mexico on Friday, March 13. It will be the third time that the Broncos have competed in the NCAA postseason event and the first as a member of the Mountain West. Boise State, the No. 15 seed in the Spokane Region, will face No. 2 seed Tennessee (27-5) in the first round at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Broncos and Lady Vols, an at-large representative from the Southeastern Conference. Boise State is 0-2 overall in the NCAA Tournament.
Chattanooga (29-3), the No. 7 seed, will face No. 10 seed Pitt (19-11) on Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The Broncos have never played Chattanooga, the Southern Conference champion, and are 0-1 against Pitt (November 25, 2006 in Eugene, Oregon – L, 70-71), an at-large selection of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The winner of the Boise State-Tennessee match-up will face the winner of Chattanooga-Pittsburgh on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET, also on ESPN2.
All NCAA women’s basketball tournament games will be available on Watch ESPN and ESPN3.
Women’s National Invitation Tournament
Colorado State (23-7), the MW regular season champion, earned an automatic bid to the 2015 Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Rams are making their second consecutive appearance in the WNIT and fifth overall. CSU’s previous trips were in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2014. The 1999-2000 and 2002-03 Rams’ squads advanced to the WNIT semifinals. CSU is 6-4 in the WNIT.
The Rams will host Big Sky member Northern Colorado (20-12) on Thursday, March 19 at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo. The winner will advance to play the winner of South Dakota-Creighton in the second round.
Fresno State (22-9) is making its sixth appearance in the WNIT and its first since 2006. The Bulldogs earned an at-large spot in the WNIT and host West Coast Conference foe San Francisco (18-13) in the first round on Thursday, March 19. Fresno State is 6-7 overall in the tournament with previous appearances in 1986, 1990, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The winner will face the winner of St. Mary’s-Hawai‘i in the second round.
Game times for both sites will be announced on Tuesday, March 17.
Women’s Basketball Invitational
New Mexico (20-12) accepted an invitation to the 2015 Women’s Basketball Invitational. It is the first postseason tournament appearance for UNM since the 2010 WNIT. The Lobos host North Dakota (17-14) in the first round on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. MT at Johnson Center, on the main campus at UNM. The winner will advance to play either Texas State or Oral Roberts in the quarterfinals.
2015 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Postseason Schedule
Wednesday, March 18
North Dakota at New Mexico (WBI), 7 p.m. MT, Mountain West Network
Thursday, March 19
Northern Colorado at Colorado State (WNIT), TBA, Mountain West Network
San Francisco at Fresno State (WNIT), 7 p.m. PT, Mountain West Network
Saturday, March 21
No. 15 seed Boise State vs. No. 2 seed Tennessee (NCAA; Knoxville, Tenn.), 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2