Women's Basketball to Host Liberty in WNIT Opening Round
The Dukes will host Liberty first round game of the 2012 Preseason WNIT on Nov. 9th

July 17, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team will be hosting a first round game of the 2012 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament on Nov. 9th at 7:00 p.m.

The Dukes, coming off a fourth straight 20-win season and Postseason WNIT appearance, will play Liberty, the 2012 Big South Conference champions. The Flames were 24-9 last season and an impressive 16-2 in the league play. LU fell to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Championship 74-43.


The event features a three-game guarantee format. All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools at their home facility. The initial round of the event involves eight sites hosted by participating institutions. The winner's bracket looks identical to past Preseason tournaments.

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.

Round 1 Losers
The eight teams who lose their first games will be re-grouped into "Consolation bracket quads," which will be two four-team pools. The teams may be re-shuffled from their original sides of the bracket, so they could play any other first-round loser in the tournament. One team in each pool is selected to host the other three teams. Each team will play two games for a total of three in the tournament. These are called Consolation Rounds 1 and 2.

Round 2 Losers (from original bracket)
Of the four Round 2/quarterfinal teams, two teams will be selected to host one of the other quarterfinal round losers in a single game at separate sites. The teams may be re-shuffled from their original sides of the bracket, so they could play any other Round 2 loser in the tournament. This game provides the third game for each of these schools. This round is Consolation Round 3.




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