Women's Hoops Hosts Preseason NIT Opener

Mike Carey's women's basetball squad hopes to get off to a good start to the season in the preseason Women's NIT this year. The Mountaineers are one of 16 teams in the tournament, which opens on Friday, Nov. 13.

Along with West Virginia, ten other teams that made the postseason last year are in the early-season event, including Ohio State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Bowling Green, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Tech, Marist, New Mexico, North Carolina A&T, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Winthrop. Chicago State, Eastern Illinois, Northern Colorado, Towson, and UTEP round out the field.

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.

West Virginia is a first round host, and will entertain Towson in the opener on Nov. 13.

First-round Preseason WNIT games

All 2008-2009 team records in parentheses

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

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