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Colorado Slated for Preseason WNIT

Aug 2, 2022

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The Colorado women's basketball team was announced as part of a four-team field that will make up the 28th Preseason WNIT on Tuesday.

The Buffaloes will be joined by Jackson State, Louisiana and Texas Tech. This year's event will be held from Nov. 12-20, with all teams playing a three-game round robin. CU's first tournament game will be on Nov. 12 when Jackson State visits the CU Events Center.  

New NCAA scheduling protocols have taken the fourth game away from the historical 16-team format of the Preseason WNIT. An all-tournament team will be selected, but no event championship will be awarded.

Texas Tech will host all four teams in Lubbock from Nov. 15-16. The Buffs will take on Louisiana (Nov. 15) and Texas Tech (Nov. 16). CU last played Louisiana in the 2021 WNIT. Colorado and TTU haven't met since the Buffs joined the Pac-12 after the conclusion of the 2010-11 season.

Game times will be announced at a later date.

The Buffs finished 22-9 last season, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Senior Jaylyn Sherrod returns as the only player to have started every game last season. Juniors Frida Formann and Tameiya Sadler were both in and out of the starting lineup throughout last season. The Pac-12's Sixth Player of the Year, Quay Miller, is the team's top returning scorer (10.6 ppg) from last season, while Tayanna Jones is back for a fifth collegiate season. Sophomore Kindyll Wetta, an All-Freshman and All-Defensive team selection last season, returns along with Sophie GerberCharlotte Whittaker, who missed all of last season recovering from surgery, will also be back on the court this season for the Buffs. Arizona Aaronette Vonleh will also look to make an early impact on her new team.

Jackson State (23-7 in 2021-22, 18-0 Southwest Athletic) – The Lady Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament and lost a close Round 1 contest against LSU after dominating the SWAC for a second straight year. After stops in Lamar and Houston, 6-1 guard/forward Miya Crump had a terrific year for JSU and is in line for more after the team's top two scorers have left campus. Head coach Tomekia Reed is 78-37 overall (with a school-record .678 winning percentage) in four seasons, including 60-9 in SWAC play. JSU outrebounded opponents by more than 13 boards per game last year and held teams to just .350 shooting overall.

Louisiana (18-7 in 2021-22, 9-4 Sun Belt) – The Rajun' Cajuns are paced by a strong backcourt that returns plenty of proven talent going forward. Sophomore Lanay Wheaton started 18 games as a freshman and scored 22 points in the team's last game. Brandi Williams only played three games last year because of injuries, but the senior showed plenty of spark with 15.3 ppg. Makayia Hallmon had a strong junior season with nearly 12 ppg, leading the team in 3-pointers as well. The defense forced more than 16 turnovers per game last year, but head coach Gary Brodhead will look for better decisions with the ball, as the team was minus-130 in assists-to-turnovers.

Texas Tech (11-19 in 2021-22, 4-14 Big 12) – The Lady Raiders have some intriguing new players heading to campus, and coach Krista Gerlich will look for some immediate contributions as the program's top two scorers from last season (Vivian Gray and Taylah Thomas) have moved on. One of the nation's most accomplished JUCO players, Jojo Nworie, will help in the frontcourt as an athletic, 6-foot-5 option. Two freshmen with strong prep credentials are also in the mix in 6-1 swing player Kilah Freelon and 5-10 guard Bailey Maupin. Grad transfer Katie Ferrell (UT Arlington) had multi-category impact in her previous four years and helps with backcourt size at 5-11.

About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the college ranks for 40 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men's and women's Cancun Challenge tournaments in November, which have been recognized by Sports Illustrated as a top-5 destination tournament for D-I basketball programs. Triple Crown has also used the "WNIT" model to create postseason events in NCAA D-I volleyball (NIVC) and softball (NISC), with both tournaments launching in 2017.