Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball team is hosting a first-round game in the 2009
Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
The Falcons host Chicago State University on Nov. 13.
The 16-team field for the tournament includes 11 teams that played in the postseason last spring. In
addition to the Falcons, the teams are Arkansas-Little Rock, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Tech, Marist,
New Mexico, North Carolina A&T, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Winthrop. They
will be joined in the Preseason WNIT field by Chicago State, Eastern Illinois, Northern Colorado,
Towson, and UTEP.
The winner of the BG-Chicago State game will face the Eastern Illinois-Ohio State winner in the second
round, at a site to be determined on Nov. 15 or 16.
Under the Preseason WNIT format, participating teams are guaranteed at least three games. All games are
hosted by participating schools. The initial round of the event will involve eight sites hosted by
participating institutions. The winner’s bracket will look identical to past Preseason WNIT tournaments.
The eight first round winners will continue on in traditional bracket play, with half of them hosting the
other half in separate host sites. The winning teams will continue on, with separate host sites
throughout the semifinals and championship. The two teams in the championship game will play four games
in the tournament.
The eight teams who lose their first games will be re-grouped into two four-team pools. One team in each
pool will be selected to host the other three teams. The host site will be announced after the
completion of all Round 1 games. Each team in this consolation round will play two games for a total of
three in the tournament. These are called Consolation Rounds 1 and 2.
Of the four quarterfinal teams that lose in that round, two teams will be selected to host one of the
other quarterfinal round losers in a single game at separate sites. This game provides the third game
for each of these schools. This round is Consolation Round 3.