EMU coach Suzy Merchant gives instructions to guard
YPSILANTI (May 31) -- Eastern Michigan University's women's basketball squad has
been selected to play in the 2000 Preseason Women's National Invitational
The Eagles will open the 2000 Preseason NIT at
Purdue, the 1999 NCAA National Champion, on Saturday, Nov. 11.
"This is a great honor and great opportunity for our program," EMU Head
Coach Suzy Merchant said. "We worked hard last year to get a bid to the
postseason tournament and just missed. However, this is a chance to start off
a new year with a big game and also get a chance to go against some top
competition. I know the kids are excited about the chance to take on a
top-level program like Purdue."
This selection marks the first time in EMU women's basketball history
that Eastern Michigan has been selected to a national preseason or postseason
tournament. It is also the fifth-straight season and six of the last seven
that the Mid-American Conference has had a team selected to the tournament.
The winner of the EMU-Purdue matchup will play the winner of the
Georgetown-James Madison game, also Nov. 11, on Monday, Nov. 13 at one of the
The 16-team tournament, hosted by the Women's Collegiate Sports
Association and Triple Crown Sports, includes seven teams from the 2000 NCAA
Tournament, including Purdue, George Washington, Louisiana Tech, Rice, Texas,
Tulane and Virginia. The event also includes 2000 Postseason Women's NIT
participants Georgetown, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Wichita State. The
tournament's semifinals will be played Sun., Nov. 19 and the championship and
consolation game, Mon., Nov. 20 on campus sites.
The Eagles open the 2000 regular season, Nov. 17-18, as they host the EMU
Women's Basketball Tipoff Classic at the Convocation Center.