Stanford Set to Participate in the Preseason WNIT

June 28, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - The 16-team field for the 2006 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament was announced today, with Stanford set to host a first-round game against Loyola Marymount in Maples Pavilion on Thursday, November 9. Game time is tentatively set for 7 p.m. (PT).

Stanford, along with 10 other teams that participated in the postseason last year, will compete in the prestigious women's college basketball tournament. Baylor, BYU, Dartmouth, Hartford, North Carolina State, Purdue, St. John's and Stanford played in the NCAA Tournament, and Belmont, Hofstra and Idaho State qualified for the Postseason WNIT field. They will be joined by High Point, Iona, Loyola Marymount, North Texas and Wichita State in this fall's Preseason WNIT.

The single-elimination tournament opens Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played on Nov. 12-13, semifinals on Nov. 15-16 and the championship is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19. All games are played on home campuses, which are determined after each round.

In last year's Preseason WNIT, Connecticut defeated Oklahoma and went on to a 32-5 season, advancing to the NCAA's Elite Eight round.

Stanford's complete schedule will be announced later this summer.

Preseason WNIT Bracket in PDF Format
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Following are this year's pairings:
First-round games with probable times and 2005-06 team records in parentheses
Thursday, Nov. 9

Belmont (22-8) at Purdue (26-7), 7 p.m. ET
Iona (17-12) at St. John's (22-8), 7 p.m. ET
High Point (20-10) at N.C. State (19-12), 7 p.m. ET
Loyola Marymount (17-12) at Stanford (26-8), 7 p.m. PT

Friday, Nov. 10
Dartmouth (23-7) at Hartford (27-4), 7 p.m. ET
North Texas (19-8) at Baylor (26-7), 7 p.m. CT
Hofstra (19-12) at Wichita State (15-13), 7 p.m. CT
Idaho State (17-13) at BYU (26-6), 7 p.m. MT

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