Grambling Slated to Play in Preseason WNIT
The Grambling State Lady Tigers have been chosen as one of 16 teams to participate in the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament Nov. 9-18. The Preseason WNIT kicks off the women’s college basketball season. The bracket will be announced July 17.
Eleven of the 16 teams in the 2012 preseason WNIT are coming off of postseason berths. Along with Grambling, the field features Davidson, Delaware, Duquesne, Georgetown, Illinois State, Iowa, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Morehead State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Sacred Heart, and Sam Houston State.
Grambling State new head coach Patricia Bibbs returns to her alma mater and will have three starters back from a 15-15 team. Bibbs is the only coach in the country to amass at least 500 wins at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and returns to a program that she built with eight conference titles in her previous 13 years there.
The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The event opens Nov. 9 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 11; semifinals will be Nov. 14-15; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 18. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 16-17. All games are hosted by participating schools.
In last year’s Preseason WNIT, No. 1 Baylor defeated No. 2 Notre Dame on its way to history’s only perfect 40-0 season.
For more information, contact WNIT Director Renee Carlson at 970-672-0557, or visit the website at www.womensnit.com.