They were officially declared a bubble team yesterday.
Today that bubble burst as they were not offered a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Rutgers Women’s Basketball was left out of the Dance and will now wait to see if they are offered a WNIT bid, a pretty good likelihood. WNIT selections come out at 9 pm tonight. On the Banks will update this post if and when Rutgers gets a bid.
Rutgers will not be in the WNIT.
The WNIT announced Rutgers as one of the teams offered a bid. However, Rutgers declined. Stringer's comment from scarletknights.com: “I believe in my heart that our team was worthy of an NCAA bid,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “It pains both the players and the staff to not have our name called this evening. We have decided that our season should end at this point and focus on the future and putting ourselves into a position to control our destiny come next season.”
There are four other Big Ten schools in the WNIT: Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State, and Purdue.
Full NCAA Bracket here
Rutgers last made the NCAA Tournament 2014-15. They were the eighth seed and knocked off ninth-seeded Seton Hall, 79-66 before losing to top-seeded UConn, 91-55. In 2016, the team played two games in the WNIT, the tournament that they won in 2014, defeating UTEP, 56-54.
The NCAA Tournament begins this Friday at predetermined campus sites. Regional action begins the following weekend. The games on Friday, March 23 and Sunday, March 25 will be at Lexington, KY and Kansas City, MO. The games on Saturday, March 24 and Monday, March 26 will be at Albany, NY and Spokane, WA. The women’s championship is on April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH with the semifinal games the preceding Friday, March 30.
Overall top seed UConn plays St. Francis of PA at Storrs in the Albany Region. Big Ten champion Ohio State will face George Washington at Columbus in the Spokane Region.
Big Ten Schools in Tournament
#3 Ohio State - Spokane Region
#10 Minnesota - Spokane Region
#7 Michigan - Lexington Region
#5 Maryland - Kansas City Region
#6 Iowa - Kansas City Region
#10 Nebraska - Kansas City Region
UConn - Albany Region
Notre Dame - Spokane Region
Louisville - Lexington Region
Mississippi State - Kansas City Region