West Virginia will represent the Big 12 in the 16-team field for the 2014 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Nine of the 16 teams are coming off postseason appearances including five teams in the NCAA Tournament and four in the WNIT. The field also features Albany, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Dakota, Penn State, Rider, Seton Hall, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson and Western Kentucky.
Six teams in this year’s field are making their first appearance in the Preseason WNIT (Albany, Central Arkansas, Jackson State, Mercer, North Dakota, Rider, and St. Francis Brooklyn). Western Kentucky is in the field for the fourth time (2007, 2003, 1997), and it’s the third appearance for Arkansas State (1998, 1994) and Colorado (2001, 1995). It’s the second appearance for Eastern Kentucky (2001), Mississippi State (2002), Penn State (2002 – Runners-Up), Seton Hall (1994), Towson (2009), and West Virginia (2009).
The Preseason WNIT is formatted to give all teams a three-game guarantee. The event opens Nov. 14-15 with Round One. Round Two will be played Nov. 16-17; Semifinals will be Nov. 19-20; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. ET. The championship game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network.
Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on Nov. 21-22. All games are hosted by participating schools. The official tournament bracket with first-round opponents, game dates, and times will be announced in June.