March 13, 2005
The Iowa women’s basketball team has been selected to play in the 2005 Sportsview.tv WNIT. Iowa (20-9) will play Creighton (19-9) in the first round Friday night in Iowa City. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Creighton, the defending WNIT champions, tied Indiana State and Northern Iowa for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference with 13-5 league records. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bluejays earlier this season in Omaha (91-82 in overtime) on Dec. 10. Iowa erased a 15-point second half deficit with 13 minutes in regulation to come away with the victory. Creighton leads the all-time series 5-4.
Fans will be able to purchase tickets starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Monday) at the UI Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS. Tickets prices are $8 for non-students, $6 for students and $5 for groups of five or more.
This marks the second time the Hawkeyes will make a WNIT appearance. Iowa defeated Saint Louis (93-64) and Marquette (76-73) before falling to Creighton (70-64) in the quarterfinals in 2002. All three contests were played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa is one of two Big Ten teams in this year’s 32-team field (Illinois). The Southeastern Conference boasts the most teams in the tournament with four (Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi State and Arkansas).
Two Big Ten teams have won the postseason WNIT in the seven years of existence. Penn State won the inaugural tournament in 1998, while Ohio State won in 2002.