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Ragin' Cajuns Women's Basketball To Play in 2017 Preseason WNIT

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LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team has been selected to participate in the 24th annual Preseason WNIT, as tournament officials announced the 16-team tournament field on Wednesday.
 
The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off their third-straight 20-win season and advanced to the Sun Belt Championship game for only the third time in program history. Louisiana last appeared in the Preseason WNIT in 2005.
 
The November event features a three-game guarantee for all teams with first-round matchups and the bracket being announced later this spring. All games are hosted by participating schools.
 
"As our women's basketball program continues to grow, we are always striving for new opportunities," head coach Garry Brodhead said. "The Preseason WNIT is a great opportunity for our program and we are extremely excited about being selected as one of the programs to represent the Sun Belt Conference as well as our University in such a prestigious tournament. After putting together three 20-plus win seasons, we feel that we are becoming a relevant program here at the University of Louisiana as well as the Sun Belt Conference. We look forward to competing against some of the best teams in the country."
 
The Preseason WNIT field consists of: CSU Northridge (Big West); Drake (Missouri Valley); George Mason (Atlantic 10); Houston (American Athletic); Liberty (Big South); Louisiana (Sun Belt); Louisville (Atlantic Coast); Michigan (Big Ten); Milwaukee (Horizon); New Orleans (Southland); Old Dominion (Conference USA), Oregon (Pac-12); Saint Francis (PA) (Northeast); Southeast Missouri State (Ohio Valley); Texas A&M (SEC); and Toledo (Mid-American).
 
This is the first time in the Preseason WNIT for three programs – CSU Northridge, Houston and New Orleans. It's the second appearance for Drake, Louisiana, Michigan, Milwaukee, Old Dominion, Southeast Missouri State and Texas A&M. Three-time participants are George Mason, Louisville (champions in 2013), Oregon and Saint Francis (PA). It's the fourth time in for Toledo and the fifth for Liberty.

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