November 11, 2010 – The 16-team field of the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament kicks off the women’s college basketball season tomorrow, beginning Friday, Nov. 12.
The field features 14 teams that played in the postseason last spring. Seven teams won their conference tournaments in 2009-2010: Austin Peay, Hampton, JMU, Lamar, South Dakota State, St. Francis PA, and Utah Valley. Other teams that also earned postseason experience were Charlotte, DePaul, Florida, Iona, Missouri State, Purdue, and Toledo. Central Florida and Valparaiso round out the field for this year’s Preseason WNIT.
Four teams in the field were picked to win their conference or conference division for this season. Hampton (MEAC), JMU (Colonial), Missouri State (Missouri Valley), and Toledo (MAC West) were all voted to finish atop their conference standings.
Playing in their first Preseason WNIT is DePaul, South Dakota State, UCF, and Utah Valley.
The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. First-round games are played Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13. Second-round games will be played Nov. 14-15; semifinals will be Nov. 17-18; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 21. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 19-20. All games are hosted by participating schools, and sites are announced by the end of the preceding round.
In last year’s Preseason WNIT, No. 3 ranked Ohio State, led by nationally recognized players Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis, defeated Oklahoma State 93-72 on the way to a school record 31 victories.
First-round Preseason WNIT games
All 2009-2010 team records in parentheses
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
Austin Peay (15-18) at Purdue (15-17), 5 p.m. ET
Lamar (26-8) at Missouri State (22-11), 6:30 p.m. ET
St. Francis PA (17-15) at Toledo (25-9), 7 p.m. ET
Hampton (20-12) at JMU (26-7), 7 p.m. ET
Valparaiso (9-21) at DePaul (21-12), 8 p.m. ET
Utah Valley (10-22) at South Dakota State (22-11), 8 p.m. ET
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