The Lady Tigers will be one of the 16 teams playing in the 2012 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
The Preseason WNIT kicks off the women’s college basketball season and will be played Nov. 9-18 in a 3-game guarantee championship format.
The 16-team field includes 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.
Grambling State new head coach Patricia Bibbs returns to her alma mater with a new coaching staff ready to revamp the Lady Tigers’ basketball program. She will only have three starters back from a 15-15 team out of the Southwestern Conference. Bibbs is the only coach in the country to amass at least 500 wins at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and returns to a program that she built with eight conference titles in her previous 13 years there.
The Lady Tigers will play Memphis in the first round on Nov. 9.
Memphis has had three straight 20-win seasons, including last year’s 25-8 mark and 13-3 record for a second-place finish in Conference USA. The 25 wins under coach Melissa McFerrin are the program’s most wins in 30 years.