November 12, 2013

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team will wrap up its first appearance in the prestigious Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 16 when it plays host to Quinnipiac of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Tip-off from the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Skyhawks (1-1) are coming off two games over the opening weekend. With UT Martin winning the season opener against Georgia State, 84-80, the Skyhawks were set for a quick turnaround as they flew to Washington for a matchup with No. 25 Gonzaga on Sunday afternoon. The Zags proved to be too much as the Skyhawks fell 91-54.

The Bobcats (1-1) are coming off a 30-win season and their first NCAA tournament appearance. Despite losing two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year to graduation in 2013, Quinnipiac boasted one of the toughest team defenses in the nation in 2012-13, being named the NCAA Division I Statistical Champion for turnover margin.

Quinnipiac defeated North Carolina A&T, 77-63 on Saturday, before traveling to No. 5 Louisville with a second round matchup on the line. The Bobcats would put up a valiant effort, but would eventually fall to the NCAA national runner-up, 100-82 on Monday night.

Preseason WNIT tickets are not included in the 2013-14 Season Ticket package. All tickets are $10 each and will be available at the UT Martin ticket office or at the door. For more information call 731-881-7207.