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Toledo named to 16-team Preseason WNIT field

Toledo has been selected as one of 16 teams to participate in the 2017 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament this upcoming season.

The 24th annual Preseason WNIT will feature a three-game guarantee for all squads. Matchups are hosted by participating schools, and sites are announced by the end of the preceding round. The complete bracket with first-round sites will be announced later this spring.

Junior Sarah St-Fort and the Rockets have been selected as one of 16 teams to participate in the 2017 Preseason WNIT.

The Rockets, who will take part in the Preseason WNIT for the fourth time in program history, are one of eight teams in the field that qualified for post-season play in 2016-17. UT captured its eighth Mid-American Conference title in program history and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001.

Toledo is slated to return nine letterwinners in 2017-18, including four starters, from last year’s post-season squad that finished with a 25-9 overall record and a 12-6 league ledger. Guided by 10th-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop, the Rockets welcome back 77.4 percent of their scoring, 76.9 percent of their rebounding, 86.9 percent of their assists, 90.1 percent of their blocks, and 77.5 percent of their steals for this season. 

The Midnight Blue and Gold also took part in the Preseason WNIT during the 1994-95, 1998-99 and most recently 2010-11 season, respectively. UT has tallied a 2-4 all-time record in the event.