Penn State women’s basketball (16-15, 6-10 Big Ten) will play in the postseason for the second year in a row as the Women’s National Invitational Tournament announced that the Lady Lions would be part of its 64-team field.
Penn State opens the tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Radford in the Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets are available for $12 to $25 for the general public. Tickets are free for students with a Penn State ID. Tickets are only available via mobile delivery or for pick up at the Bryce Jordan Center will call window.
Penn State lands in the WNIT after another middle of the road season. Finishing just above .500, the Lady Lions earned a tournament bid after an 11th-placed finish in the Big Ten and a second round loss in the conference tournament. The program hasn’t earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2014.
The Highlanders (23-8, 15-3 Big South) are one of the top five defensive teams in the nation, giving up just 52.3 points per game. As the two seeds in their conference tournament, they missed out on a chance at the NCAA Tournament with their loss to UNC Asheville in the Big South semifinals.
This is the Lady Lions’ fourth appearance in the WNIT. Last season it hosted three games — defeating Ohio and Fordham before falling to Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16. Penn State was the first-ever WNIT champion in 1998 and got knocked out in the first round of the tournament in 2010.
Like last season, if the Lady Lions keep winning, they could host multiple rounds of the tournament. However, host sites for future rounds are not announced until after the previous round’s games finish. If Penn State advances to the second round, it’ll face off with the winner of the James Madison-East Tennessee State game.