The season is not over yet for Northwestern women's basketball. The Wildcats (18-16, 7-15 in conference) will play San Diego (23-7, 13-5 in conference) in the First Round of the Women's NIT on Thursday, March 17 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Here's the bracket for the tournament:
The game will be played at 7 p.m. CST. The rest of the WNIT schedule can be found here. The bracket is unseeded, and host sites for future rounds are selected by the WNIT committee.
The Wildcats are coming off a two-week break after a stunning run the Big Ten Tournament, in which they upset Minnesota and Indiana as a No. 12 seed. That run made up for an otherwise disappointing regular season in which Northwestern went 4-14 in the Big Ten and missed out on a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The game will be at Welsh-Ryan Arena as the WNIT follows the lead of the NCAA Tournament and allows the higher-seeded team to host the game. Head coach Joe McKeown's squad will be led by All-Big Ten player Nia Coffey and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Ashley Deary, who both played well in the Big Ten Tournament. Fellow junior Christen Inman is also coming off a huge performance in the Big Ten Tournament as Northwestern's core group of players returns for its third consecutive postseason run. This is Northwestern's fourth appearance in the WNIT under Joe McKeown.
San Diego finished third in the WCC behind St. Mary's and BYU. San Diego defeated BYU early in conference play. BYU is a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Otherwise, San Diego had no other notable wins.