KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC women's program received exciting news Thursday with the announcement of three games at the 16-team Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), scheduled for November at on-campus locations. The WNIT participation is a first in the history of Roo women's basketball and the event features a three-game guarantee for all teams. The first-round match-ups and bracket will be announced later this spring.
The tournament championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
"We are extremely excited for the opportunity to play in such a highly competitive tournament," said head coach Jacie Hoyt. "The invitation to the preseason WNIT is a testament for the positive direction our program is moving in. We believe the experience will be advantageous for our players to learn and help prepare for our conference tournament in March."
The 26th annual Preseason WNIT field includes Boise State, Davidson, DePaul, Drexel, Miami (Ohio), Missouri State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pacific, Portland State, Prairie View A&M, South Alabama, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UAB, UC Irvine and UMKC. All told, 12 of the 16 teams reached the postseason in 2018-19.
The Roos return nine players, including three starters, after finishing the 2018-19 season with a 16-15 overall record and the most wins since the 2011-12 campaign. UMKC earned its highest seed in the WAC tournament (No. 4) and was one victory away from appearing in the WAC title game. As a team, the Roos ranked No. 25 in the NCAA in scoring (76.0), due in large part to All-WAC Newcomer Ericka Mattingly. The senior-to-be became the first player in conference history to lead the league in points, assists and steals.
The remainder of the 2019-20 schedule will be announced this Summer.