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UB women snubbed from WNIT despite healthy RPI

The season is over for the University at Buffalo women's basketball team.

The Bulls were expecting an offer to play in the 64-team Women's National Invitation Tournament but did not get it Monday night.

UB (22-10) stands No. 98 in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, which the NCAA uses as a key metric in picking its field. Between the NCAA and WNIT, there are 128 women's teams playing post-season basketball. UB held the No. 7 seed in the Mid-American Conference. The MAC sent Toledo to the NCAA Tournament and five teams to the WNIT.

"With the quality of our non-conference wins, including eight over those that made the WNIT, along with our RPI, we are deeply disappointed that we didn't get an invitation," said UB Athletic Director Allen Greene. "That said, I'm incredibly proud of our team's resiliency this year and we look forward to a bright future here in Buffalo."

There are 31 automatic qualifiers to the WNIT and 33 at-large bids. Thirteen teams lower than UB in the RPI made the field. Among them were Fordham (119) and Duquesne (124). UB beat both of those teams on the road and had a better overall record. Fordham was 21-11, Duquesne 18-15. Among the other lower-rated RPI qualifiers were Alabama (132) and Louisiana Tech (139).

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