July 6, 2005 – The 16-team field for the 2005 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament was announced today.
The field for the prestigious tournament that kicks off the women’s college basketball season includes nine teams that played in the postseason last year: Boston College, Chattanooga, Connecticut, Indiana State, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Richmond and SMU.
The tournament opens Nov. 9, with second-round games on Nov. 13 and 14, semifinals on Nov. 16-17, and the championship on Sunday, Nov. 20. All games will be played on home campuses, which are determined after each round.
In last year’s Preseason WNIT, Notre Dame defeated Ohio State and went on to a 27-5 season.
Following are this year’s pairings.
First-round games (Game times TBD):
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Eastern Washington at California
Friday, Nov. 11
Drexel at Boston College
Hampton at Richmond
Chattanooga at Indiana State
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Oklahoma
Louisiana-Lafayette at SMU
Oral Roberts at New Mexico
Saturday, Nov. 12
Marist at Connecticut