TROY hosts postseason basketball: the WNIT explained

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Last Tuesday, TROY women’s basketball accepted a bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

The WNIT is a postseason tournament for the 48 best Division One women’s basketball programs that did not get a berth to the NCAA tournament or an invitation to the inaugural WBIT. 11 team were given an automatic berth, while 37 other teams, including TROY, were given at-large bids.

After six rounds, the winner of the tournament will be decided in the championship game. In every matchup, including the championship, the higher seed hosts the lower ranked seed.

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The Trojans had a strong regular season, going 15-3 in conference play and 19-11 overall. However, the Trojans bowed out of the Sunbelt Tournament against ULM in the quarterfinals.

In an interview before the tournament, Troy Women’s Basketball Coach Chanda Rigby said “We didn’t get the goal we wanted by winning the Sunbelt Championship and getting back to the NCAA tournament. A thing we teach in this program is making the absolute most of the opportunity that’s in front of you. We have a great opportunity to be in the WNIT.”

Rigby also discussed their mindset going into the competition.

“We do not want any of us, especially our seniors, to sit on that loss that we had, we do want to redeem ourselves in this tournament, and all we are focused on is winning that first game.”

Not only did the tournament provide the Trojans a chance at redemption, it also gave them the chance to make history, if they won even just one game.

“We will make history,” Rigby told TrojanVision. “It will be a 20-win season for us, but it will also make history by getting the first postseason win in the history of our program. After that win, we are going to take it one step at a time because our ultimate goal would be to win a national championship in the WNIT.”

And make history they did. The Trojans beat FIU on Monday in Trojan Arena 92-62 to get the programs first-ever post-season victory.

The Trojans will travel to Greensboro to take on North Carolina A&T Friday at 6:30 p.m.