Categorize this one under news I missed last week. The 2009 Women's Basketball Pre-Season National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) field has been announced.
The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The event opens Friday, Nov. 13 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 15-16; semifinals will be Nov. 18-19; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 22. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 20-22. All games are hosted by participating schools, and sites are announced by the end of the preceding round.
2009 Preseason WNIT Teams Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt) North Carolina A&T (MEAC) Bowling Green (MAC) Northern Colorado (Big Sky) Chicago State (Great West) Ohio State (Big Ten) Eastern Illinois (Ohio Valley) Oklahoma State (Big 12) Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun) Towson (Colonial) Georgia Tech (ACC) UTEP (Conference-USA) Marist (Metro Atlantic) West Virginia (Big East) New Mexico (Mountain West) Winthrop (Big South)
In last year’s Preseason WNIT, North Carolina defeated Oklahoma 80-79 in a battle of Top-5 teams.
Here are the 1st round games:
First-round Preseason WNIT games
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009
Eastern Illinois (24-9) at Ohio State (29-6), 5 p.m. ET
UTEP (18-12) at Florida Gulf Coast (26-5), 7 p.m. ET
Arkansas-Little Rock (26-7) at Oklahoma State (17-16), 7 p.m. ET
Towson (17-13) at West Virginia (18-15), 7 p.m. ET
Winthrop (16-16) at Georgia Tech (22-10), 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago State (16-13) at Bowling Green (29-5), 7:30 p.m. ET
North Carolina A&T (26-7) at Marist (29-4), 7:30 p.m. ET
Northern Colorado (12-18) at New Mexico (25-11), 9 p.m. ET
(All 2008-2009 team records in parentheses)