The Madness of March will once again include the Women’s Basketball Invitational as the event announces its tournament schedule and dates for the 2019 season. The 10th annual event begins in March the week of the NCAA Tournament Selection Show and will finish the week of the Women’s Final Four.
The WBI will announce its official tournament field on Monday, March 18th, the same day the NCAA selects its field of 64 teams. First round WBI games will begin Wednesday and Thursday, March 20 and 21 while second round games are scheduled for Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25.
Four teams will advance to the WBI semifinals and will play Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30 with the winners moving on to the title game. The 2019 WBI Championship game will be played either Tuesday, April 2 or Wednesday, April 3. All WBI contests are played at campus sites.
Yale won the 2018 Championship with a 54-50 victory over Central Arkansas. Louisiana (2015 and 2016) has won two of the nine titles while Horizon League teams (UIC 2014, Detroit 2013) have claimed two WBI championships. Other past winners include: Rice – 2017, Minnesota – 2012, UAB – 2011 and Appalachian State – 2010.
Please check the official WBI website, www.womensbasketballinvitational.com for further information, history and records of the event, and contact information.