Colorado Hosts North Dakota To Open Preseason WNIT

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BOULDER – The University of Colorado will open the 2014-15 basketball season by hosting North Dakota in the first round of the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. MT at the Coors Events Center.

North Dakota was 22-10 in 2013-14, sharing the Big Sky Conference regular season title and winning the conference tournament to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.  Colorado and North Dakota have met on one other occasion, a 67-56 Buffaloes win in Boulder on Jan. 4, 2011.

The Buffaloes, led by fifth-year head coach Linda Lappe, will be guaranteed three games in the event which opens with first round games Nov. 14-15.  Round two will be played Nov. 16-17; semifinals will be Nov. 19-20; and the championship, televised live on the CBS Sports Network, is set for Sunday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. MT.

If Colorado wins its first round game it would play the winner of Western Kentucky and Central Arkansas in the second round.  Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games, in a redrawn bracket, on Nov. 21-22. All games are hosted by participating schools. 

Colorado finished the 2013-14 season with a 19-15 record, logging its fourth-straight winning season and postseason tournament trip.  The Buffaloes survived a bumpy Pac-12 Conference schedule, tying for ninth at 6-12, to make a run to the third round of the Postseason WNIT.  Colorado returns 10 letterwinners including its top two scorers and rebounders in junior forward Arielle Roberson (12.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and senior forward Jen Reese (12.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg), who both earned honorable mention to the All-Pac-12 team a year ago.

Colorado makes its third trip to the Preseason WNIT, and first since 2001. The Buffaloes won the title in 1995.

First-Round Matchups
All 2013-14 team records in parentheses – All Times Mountain

Friday, Nov. 14
Rider (15-17) at Seton Hall (20-14), 10 a.m.
Towson (13-17) at Penn State (24-8), 10 a.m.
St. Francis Brooklyn (19-11) at Albany (28-5), 5 p.m.
Mercer (17-14) at Mississippi State (22-14), 6 p.m.
Central Arkansas (18-12) at Western Kentucky (24-9), 6 p.m.
Jackson State (15-15) at Arkansas State (22-12), 6:05 p.m.

Nov. 15, 2014
Eastern Kentucky (17-13) at West Virginia (30-5), 5 p.m.
North Dakota (22-10) at Colorado (19-15), 6 p.m.

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