CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team will start the 2011-12 season Friday, November 11 hosting UAB in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. start at the McKenzie Arena and the winner will move on to face the winner of the Baylor/Howard game on Sunday, November 13. The loser will move on to a consolation bracket and play two more games the following weekend.
The Lady Mocs hold a 17-14 lead over regional foe UAB and have won the last five contests. The last time the two teams faced off was in Birmingham in November 2006 with UTC coming away with a 70-63 victory.
UCLA will host McNeese State and ETSU will host instate foe Tennessee Tech to round out the left half of the bracket. On the other side Notre Dame will host Akron, Indiana State will host Detroit, Manhattan will travel to Harford and Drexel will play host to Long Island. Baylor, UCLA and Notre Dame all finished in the Top 10 last season.
The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The event opens Nov. 11 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 13-14, the semifinals will be Nov. 16-17 and the championship is set for Nov. 20. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 18-19. All games are hosted by participating schools.
First Round Winners The eight Round One 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.
First Round Losers The eight teams that lose their first games will be re-grouped into consolation bracket quads, which are 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 One 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.
Quarterfinal Round Losers (from original bracket) 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.