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The Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), formerly the National Women's Invitation Tournament, is a college basketball tournament with a preseason and postseason version played every year. It is operated in a similar fashion to the men's NIT.

Unlike the men's NIT, the WNIT is not operated by the NCAA, nor was it operated by the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, the body which ran the men's NIT for virtually all of its history until the NCAA purchased that tournament in 2005. Currently, the WNIT is owned and promoted by Triple Crown Sports, a Fort Collins-based company that specializes in grassroots event promotion and amatuer sporting events.

From 1998 to 2005, the field was 32 teams. In 2006, the tournament expanded 40 teams, in 2007 to 48 teams, and in 2010 to the current 64 teams. Each of the thirty-one college conferences will receive an automatic bid, with thirty-three at-large teams selected.

The winners of the past WNIT are listed below.[1] The tournament was played in Amarillo, Texas, until 1998, when schools began to host.

Postseason championsEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Venue and city
1969 Wayland Baptist 54 Ouachita Baptist 34 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1970 Wayland Baptist 50 Midwestern State 46 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1971 Wayland Baptist 63 Parsons 44 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1972 Wayland Baptist 48 John F. Kennedy 41 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1973 Wayland Baptist 52 John F. Kennedy 49 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1974 Wayland Baptist 59 John F. Kennedy 52 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1975 Wayland Baptist 79 UCLA 41 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1976 Wayland Baptist 90 UCLA 77 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1977 Wayland Baptist 79 UCLA 75 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1978 Old Dominion 70 Texas 60 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1979 South Carolina 74 Drake 71 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1980 Oregon State 71 North Carolina 62 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1981 Georgia 75* Arizona State 73 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1982 Oregon State 76 Florida State 60 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1983 New Orleans 68 Memphis State 58 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1984 Vanderbilt 67 Chattanooga 66 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1985 LSU 74 Florida 54 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1986 Idaho 100 Northwestern State 91 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1987 Arkansas 112 California 80 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1988 DePaul 83 Purdue 55 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1989 Oregon 67 San Diego State 64 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1990 Kentucky 85 Toledo 76 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1991 Santa Clara 71 Indiana 68 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1992 Georgia Tech 90 Hawaiʻi 72 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1993 Arkansas State 67 SMU 54 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1994 Oklahoma 69 Arkansas State 65 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1995 Texas A&M 85 Northwestern State 81 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1996 Arizona 79 Northwestern 63 Amarillo Civic Center Amarillo, Texas
1997 No tournament held
1998 Penn State 59 Baylor 56 Ferrell Center Waco, Texas
1999 Arkansas 67 Wisconsin 64 Bud Walton Arena Fayetteville, Arkansas
2000 Wisconsin 75 Florida 74 Kohl Center Madison, Wisconsin
2001 Ohio State 62 New Mexico 61 The Pit Albuquerque, New Mexico
2002 Oregon 54 Houston 52 McArthur Court Eugene, Oregon
2003 Auburn 64 Baylor 63 Ferrell Center Waco, Texas
2004 Creighton 73 UNLV 52 Omaha Civic Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
2005 SW Missouri State 78 West Virginia 70 Hammons Student Center Springfield, Missouri
2006 Kansas State 77 Marquette 65 Bramlage Coliseum Manhattan, Kansas
2007 Wyoming 72 Wisconsin 56 Arena-Auditorium Laramie, Wyoming
2008 Marquette 81 Michigan State 66 Breslin Student Events Center East Lansing, Michigan
2009 South Florida 75 Kansas 71 Allen Fieldhouse Lawrence, Kansas
2010 California 73 Miami (FL) 61 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, California
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