July 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team was part of a 16-team field that was announced Tuesday for the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Hoyas will open the season and the tournament on November 9.
The Preseason WNIT kicks off the women's college basketball season and will be played Nov. 9-18 in a 3-game guarantee championship format. Eleven of the 16 teams are coming off of postseason berths including the Blue & Gray.
The field includes Davidson, Delaware, Duquesne, Grambling State, Illinois State, Iowa, Kennessaw State, Liberty, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Morehead State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Sacred Heart and Sam Houston.
Last season, the Hoyas had another impressive campaign with an overall record of 23-9 and a mark of 11-5 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas defeated three ranked teams this season and were ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls for the entire year, at one point reaching No. 10 on the AP Poll and No. 11 on the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Blue & Gray finished the season with an RPI of 26, as well as being ranked 18th and 17th on the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Polls, respectively.
GU tied for fourth in league play and earned its third-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament where the Hoyas advanced to the second round.
Georgetown's last appearance in the Preseason WNIT was during the 2000-01 season. The Hoyas defeated James Madison, 75-70, at home, before falling to Purdue, 81-67, on the road. This is just the second appearance in the Preseason WNIT for the Blue & Gray.
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.
The bracket will be announced July 17.