Aug. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Women's National Invitation Tournament announced today that the championship game of the Preseason WNIT will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
The championship game will air live beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 18. The matchup will feature the two finalists from the field of 16 invited programs, highlighted by Delaware, Georgetown, Iowa, Middle Tennessee and North Carolina. Thad Anderson and former University of Colorado Head Coach Ceal Barry will announce.
"We are excited to showcase the strength of this fall's Preseason WNIT teams," WNIT director Renee Carlson said. "The championship game will spotlight teams that will be making noise in March at the NCAA Tournament."
The Preseason WNIT, now in its 19th year, features some of the nation's top teams from 16 different conferences. The field of 16 is Davidson, Delaware, Duquesne, Georgetown, Grambling State, Illinois State, Iowa, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Morehead State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Sacred Heart, and Sam Houston State.
Recent WNIT champions include Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Ohio State and Purdue. Last year's WNIT championship game featured No. 1 Baylor defeating No. 2 Notre Dame 94-81.
The Blue & Gray will open the tournament and the season against Sacred Heart on November 9 at McDonough Arena at 7 p.m.
The Preseason WNIT kicks off the women's college basketball season and will be played Nov. 9-18 in a three-game guarantee championship format. Eleven of the 16 teams are coming off of postseason berths and six competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament including the Blue & Gray.
Sacred Heart returns four starters from the squad that went 25-8 and won the Northeastern Conference a season ago.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.