UCF to Open 2010-11 Season, Preseason WNIT at Florida

GO KNIGHTS Senior Chelsie Wiley will open her last season on Nov. 13 at Florida.
Senior Chelsie Wiley will open her last season on Nov. 13 at Florida.

June 23, 2010

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's basketball team will open the 2010-11 season and the 2010 Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament on Nov. 13 at Florida, according to the bracket announced today. A game time for the contest will be determined at a later date. UCF will be competing in the 16-team field for the first time in program history.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to compete in the Preseason WNIT," said head coach Joi Williams. "Opening 2010-11 with this event is a great way to start our season. Traveling to Gainesville for our opening game will be a great early test for our team."

Williams and the Knights will return all five starters from the 2009-10 season, including leading scorer Chelsie Wiley (Riviera Beach, Fla.). Wiley, who has 1,069 points and 134 three-pointers made in her career, will be one of five seniors on an experienced UCF squad.

UCF and Florida will be joined in the field by: Austin Peay, Charlotte, DePaul, Hampton, Iona, James Madison, Lamar, Missouri State, Purdue, South Dakota State, Saint Francis (PA), Toledo, Utah Valley and Valparaiso. The UCF-Florida winner will face the winner of the Iona-Charlotte game on Nov. 15.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. After the second-round games, semifinals will be Nov. 17-18 and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 21. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 19-20. All games are hosted by participating schools, and sites are announced by the end of the preceding round.

UCF's complete 2010-11 schedule will be released at a later date.


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