Preseason Bid

Despite the loss of five seniors from its Big 12 Championship team, West Virginia's women's hoops squad will play in the 2014 preseason Women's NIT.

WVU will join a field including Albany, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Dakota, Penn State, Rider, Seton Hall, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson, West Virginia, and Western Kentucky. Teams are guaranteed three games in the event, which begins play on Nov. 14.

The WNIT opens Nov. 14-15 with Round One. Round Two will be played Nov. 16-17, while the semifinals will be Nov. 19-20. The championship game, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, will 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.

West Virginia is one of nine teams in the 16-team field coming off a 2013-14 postseason appearance, and one of five to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers are coming off their first Big 12 Conference regular season title in program history and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers closed out the 2013-14 season with a 30-5 overall record (16-2 Big 12), the most wins in a single season in program history, and a No. 7 ranking in the postseason polls.

WVU loses five seniors, but returns its leading scorer in junior Bria Holmes (15.2 ppg). Holmes, a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, became the 14th player in Mountaineer women's basketball history to have 500 points in a season with 516.

The Preseason WNIT began in its modern form in 1994. Since its inception, over 200 teams representing all 32 conferences have competed in the tournament. It is organized and produced by Triple Crown Sports, a national sports event company based in Fort Collins, Colo.

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