Middle Tennessee State’s women’s basketball team will open the 2012-13 season in the Preseason WNIT.
The 16-team field was announced Tuesday and includes Memphis, Morehead State and perennial top 25 team North Carolina.
The Lady Raiders’ first-round opponent will be revealed when the schedule is released next Tuesday.
“We are excited about the opportunity to play some of the best teams around the country so early in the season,” coach Rick Insell in a release from the school’s athletics department. “We have been guaranteed to play host to a couple games inside the historic Murphy Center to give our fans a glimpse at our team and quality opponents.”
This will be MTSU’s third appearance in the event and the second under its current format, which guarantees all participants a minimum of three games.
In 2008, the Lady Raiders won their first two contests before they lost to second-ranked and eventual tournament runner-up Oklahoma. In 2004, they lost their opener.
MTSU finished both of those seasons in the NCAA tournament.