UTC Women to Face McNeese State in Preseason WNIT Tournament

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team will open the 2015-16 season on Friday, November 13 against McNeese State in the 2015 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament at the McKenzie Arena.

This will be the first meeting between the Mocs and McNeese State. The Cowgirls were 18-14 last season and finished fifth in the Southland Conference standings at 11-7.

McNeese State fell to Houston Baptist 70-68 in the opening round of the league tournament and went on to play in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). The Cowgirls defeated Furman of the Southern Conference in the opening round before dropping a 63-58 decision to Louisiana-Lafayette in the next round.

The Cowgirls will be making their third WNIT preseason appearance and own a 2-2 overall record in tournament action. The Cowgirls’ first appearance came during the 2004-05 season when the Cowgirls fell 62-43 at Rice. The last appearance by McNeese came during the 2011-12 season. McNeese fell 67-59 at UCLA but picked up two wins in the consolation bracket held at Burton Coliseum. McNeese defeated Manhattan 69-52 and University of Alabama-Birmingham in overtime by a 61-56 score.

This will be the Mocs’ fourth appearance in the preseason tournament. Chattanooga hosted UAB in the opening game on Nov. 11, 2011 coming away with a 65-59 win. UTC fell 91-31 to then No. 1 Baylor and Brittney Griner. The Bears defeated Notre Dame for the Preseason WNIT title and would go on to set an NCAA record for wins in a season with an unblemished 40-0 record and the NCAA National Championship crown. The Mocs went on to beat Indiana State in the consolation round 75-54 for its guaranteed third game.

Chattanooga fell 74-53 to the Sycamores in 2005 on ISU’s home court and dropped a 69-52 decision at Louisiana Tech in 2000.

The Mocs posted their third straight 29-4 record last year, a school record for wins, while gathering the Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles along the way. UTC advanced to its 13th NCAA Tournament, falling to Pittsburgh in the opening round.

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