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Mercer women’s basketball to participate in preseason WNIT

Mercer head women’s basketball coach Susie Gardner continues to take her program to new heights, most recently announcing the team’s selection for participation in the 2014 Preseason WNIT on Friday. Mercer’s entry to the 16-team field brings added exposure, guaranteeing the squad three elite-level games in the prestigious event beginning Nov. 14.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – Mercer head women’s basketball coach Susie Gardner continues to take her program to new heights, most recently announcing the team’s selection for participation in the 2014 Preseason WNIT on Friday.   Mercer’s entry to the 16-team field brings added exposure, guaranteeing the squad three elite-level games in the prestigious event beginning Nov. 14.
 
All games in the event will be hosted by participating schools between Nov. 14-23, 2014.   Mercer’s first round opponent has not been announced, as the complete field is set to be revealed on June 18.
 
The Preseason WNIT is organized and produced by Triple Crown Sports, a national sports event company based in Fort Collins, Colorado.   According to the official Preseason WNIT website, teams are selected for the tournament based on their program’s expected success, relevant past, conference standings, fan base and geographical location - among other criteria.
 
The three-round tournament will culminate with a championship game on Nov. 23.   First round winners will continue in traditional bracket play, while first round losers with re-grouped into a consolation bracket featuring two four-team pools.
 
Mercer is coming off a 17-14 (9-9 A-Sun) season in 2013-14 that saw the team advance to the semifinal round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.   In 2012-13, Mercer went 20-12 (13-5 A-Sun) and earned its first postseason bid since 1985 as a No. 1 seed in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
 
The Bears – who will make their debut in the Southern Conference in 2014-15 - are set to return four of their top five scorers from a year ago.
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