Florida, coming off a Postseason WNIT appearance after earning the SEC’s automatic berth, is young with just five letterwinners returning from that team. UCF won the Conference USA crown two seasons ago and lost last year by one point in the tournament to Tulsa, the eventual champion. The Knights return the bulk of their roster, including five seniors for coach Joi Williams, who got her start in coaching at the University of Florida.
Iona lost only two seniors from last year’s 18-14 team that advanced to the Postseason WNIT. The Gaels face Charlotte (18-14), who return two starters from a team that went to its eighth consecutive postseason tournament.
Second-round WNIT games continue Monday, with the schedule below.
First-round Preseason WNIT games
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
Purdue 93, Austin Peay 53
Missouri State 83, Lamar 60
Toledo 71, Saint Francis PA 66
Hampton 69, JMU 64
DePaul 84, Valparaiso 53
South Dakota State 87, Utah Valley 38
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
Central Florida (11-16) at Florida (15-17), 4 p.m. ET
Iona (18-14) at Charlotte (18-14), 5 p.m. ET
Round 2 Preseason WNIT games
Monday, Nov. 15, 2010
Toledo at Purdue, 7 p.m. ET
DePaul at Missouri State, 8 p.m. ET
Hampton at South Dakota State, 8 p.m. ET
Consolation Rounds 1&2
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 19-20, 2010
Details to be announced Sunday, Nov. 14
Saint Francis PA