NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Coming off the first postseason tournament win in Ivy League women's basketball history, the Yale women's basketball team will face a new challenge in 2018-19: the Preseason WNIT. The field for the tournament was announced on Tuesday, and the Bulldogs were one of 16 teams selected. This is the 25th edition of the Preseason WNIT, which starts with first-round matchups Nov. 8-9 and concludes with the championship on Nov. 18.
The full field:
- Auburn (SEC)
- Delaware (Colonial)
- Hartford (America East)
- Iowa State (Big 12)
- Marquette (Big East)
- Miami (ACC)
- Montana State (Big Sky)
- Morgan State (Mid-Eastern)
- New Mexico (Mountain West)
- Niagara (Metro Atlantic)
- Nicholls State (Southland)
- Northern Illinois (Mid-American)
- Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
- Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
- Texas State (Sun Belt)
- Yale (Ivy)
Yale ended last season by winning the WBI Championship, making the Bulldogs one of nine teams in the Preseason WNIT who are coming off a postseason appearance. Three teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament (Marquette, Miami, Nicholls State). Five teams appeared in the Postseason WNIT (Delaware, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State)
This is Yale's first Preseason WNIT appearance. The bracket, including Yale's first-round opponent, will be announced later. Each school is guaranteed to play at least three games. All games are hosted by participating schools, with the championship game televised on CBS Sports Network.
In 2017, eventual Final Four participant Louisville won the Preseason WNIT, slipping past Oregon (which ended up reaching the NCAA Elite Eight). In 2016, Notre Dame claimed the Preseason WNIT with a core of players who keyed the Fighting Irish's run to the 2018 NCAA Championship.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity