A year after the Saints used a seven-player roster to advance to the championship game of the WBI, the team will open its 2015-16 schedule in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
We are very excited to be invited to play in the Preseason WNIT,” said head coach Ali Jaques in a statement released by the team. “To be asked to participate in a prestigious tournament after last season’s success is encouraging for our program. I expect it to be a challenging field and our non-conference schedule just became a lot tougher!”
In addition to Siena, the Preseason WNIT features DePaul, Drexel, Indiana and St. Bonaventure. The 16-team field is invite-only and no team is allowed to participate more than once in a four-year period. It's the second time the Saints will be making an appearance in the preseason tournament with the last appearance coming in the 2002-03 season.
The full preseason WNIT bracket will be released next Tuesday. The tournament opens on November 13 with first round games and each team is guaranteed to play at least games in the event.