May 29, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall University women's basketball team has been selected to participate in the 2014 Preseason WNIT Tournament, it was announced Wednesday. The Pirates, who are making their second-ever appearance in the Preseason WNIT, will represent the BIG EAST Conference in a 16-team field
Seton Hall last competed in the WNIT during the event's inaugural season in 1994, beating Rutgers in the season opener before falling at eventual tournament champion Washington.
"Being selected to participate in the Preseason WNIT is a tremendous honor and one I believe is indicative of our program's ascension on the national stage," said second-year head coach Anthony Bozzella. "Playing in this tournament is an outstanding way to build on our success last season. This is a deep and talented field, and provides an excellent opportunity to open the season with three games against several quality opponents."
Nine of the 16 teams are coming off postseason appearances including five teams in the NCAA Tournament and four in the WNIT. The field also features Albany, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Dakota, Penn State, Rider, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson, West Virginia, and Western Kentucky.
The Preseason WNIT is formatted to give all teams a three-game guarantee. The event opens Nov. 14-15 with Round One. Round Two will be played Nov. 16-17; Semifinals will be Nov. 19-20; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. ET. The championship game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network.
Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on Nov. 21-22. All games are hosted by participating schools. The official tournament bracket with first-round opponents, game dates, and times will be announced in June.
Seton Hall is coming off a 20-14 campaign that saw the team participate in the postseason for the first time since 2007 and just the sixth time in program history. The Pirates advanced to the Postseason WNIT Third Round for the first time, falling at eventual tournament champion Rutgers in double overtime.
The Pirates reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in 19 seasons and just the eighth overall, tying the program record for games played at 34, a feat that had not been achieved since the 1978-79 season.