The Irish will open pre-season WNIT play on Friday, Nov. 11, against Akron. The ND Men defeated Akron in the opening round of the NCAA tourney this spring. Of course, ND Women lost the NCAA Title game to Texas A&M in Indy. ND returns a powerhouse and if ISU wins at home, it will be another ISU/ND matchup in The Joyce Center.
Akron loses just one senior from last season. Akron is certainly not on the WBB radar in the past. The Zips finished 14-16. The Zips posted a school-best record of 18-14 in 2009-10.
The second-round opponent for Notre Dame would be the winner of the Detroit-Indiana State game.
First-round Preseason WNIT games 2010-2011 team records in parentheses. All times Eastern.
11 teams that lost at least 10 games last season are in the field.
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Game 1: Akron (14-16) at Notre Dame (31-8), 7 p.m.
Game 2: Detroit (13-18) at Indiana State (16-16), 8 p.m.
Game 3: Manhattan (24-10) at Hartford (17-16), 8 p.m.
Game 4: Long Island (19-11) at Drexel (19-13), 7 p.m.
Game 5: Howard (16-18) at Baylor (34-3), 7:30 p.m.
Game 6: UAB (20-15) at Chattanooga (17-14), 7 p.m.
Game 7: McNeese State (26-7) at UCLA (28-5), 5 p.m.
Game 8: Tennessee Tech (23-8) at ETSU (19-12), 7 p.m.
Second-round games will be played Nov. 13-14 and sites will be announced following the first-round results.
Game 9: winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 2;
Game 10: winner Game 3 vs. winner Game 4;
Game 11: winner Game 5 vs. winner Game 6;
Game 12: winner Game 7 vs. winner Game 8.
Semifinals will be Nov. 16-17.
Pairings: winner Game 9 vs. winner Game 10; winner Game 11 vs. winner Game 12.
Championship is Sunday, Nov. 20.
Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 18-19. All games are hosted by participating schools.