HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will be one of 16 teams in the 2013 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) this year. Quinnipiac will take part in the opening round on Friday, November 8, 2013 in the invitation-only tournament. The field was released on Wednesday, May 22.
"We are honored and thrilled that our women's basketball program will be invited for the first time to the 2013 Pre-Season WNIT," said Quinnipiac's Athletic Director, Jack McDonald. "This is a credit to Coach Fabbri and her program for being invited to start our 2013-14 in this prestigious WNIT pre-season tournament."
Ten of the 16 teams are coming off of NCAA Tournament appearances. The field features Georgia State, Gonzaga, Idaho, IPFW, Louisville, Loyola Chicago, LSU, Mount St. Mary's, North Carolina A&T, Oklahoma, Quinnipiac, Saint Joseph's, Stephen F. Austin, Stetson, Tennessee-Martin, and Wichita State.
Teams are selected for the Preseason WNIT based on their program's expected success for that season, their relevant past, their conference standings, fan base, and geographical location, to name a few criteria. The teams that compete well in the Preseason WNIT typically go on to finish very strong and advance to postseason play.
"We are honored and excited to be participating in a preseason WNIT next season," said head coach Tricia Fabbri. "We are thrilled that the committee has recognized our success over the last two years. We have tried to build our program by competing against better programs across the country and we look forward to yet another exciting matchup against a tough opponent."
The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The event opens Nov. 8 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 10-11; semifinals will be Nov. 14; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 17. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 15-16. All games are hosted by participating schools. The official tournament bracket with first-round opponents, game dates and times will be announced in July.
The championship game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 17.
The Preseason WNIT began in its modern form in 1994. It is organized and produced by Triple Crown Sports, a national sports event company based in Fort Collins, Colo. The 16-team Preseason WNIT was originally a single-elimination exempt event, and moved to the current three-game guarantee format in 2007. Throughout the years, more than 200 of the nation's Division I teams have played in the event, representing all 32 conferences.
Last season, North Carolina's women's basketball team won its second Preseason WNIT title with a 77-64 victory over Iowa. Baylor, the eventual 2012 NCAA National Champion, won in the fall of 2011, while Purdue and Ohio State claimed titles in the two years prior to the Bears.
Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for Quinnipiac women's basketball can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
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