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Lions To Kick Off Season at Preseason WNIT

June 29, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount University women's basketball team will open its 2006-07 season by playing Stanford in the first round of the 2006 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Lions are one of 16 teams invited to participate in the prestigious women's college basketball tournament. LMU finished last season with a 17-12 record and are led by seniors Ashlee Dunlap and Amanda Patton.

The field includes 11 teams that played in the postseason last season. Baylor, BYU, Dartmouth, Hartford, North Carolina State, Purdue, St. John's and Stanford played in the NCAA Tournament, and Belmont, Hofstra and Idaho State qualified for the Postseason WNIT field. They will be joined by High Point, Iona, Loyola Marymount, North Texas and Wichita State in this fall's Preseason WNIT.

It is the second time that LMU has participated in the preseason WNIT. The Lions faced Oregon State in the 2001 Preseason WNIT.

The single-elimination tournament opens Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played on Nov. 12-13, semifinals on Nov. 15-16 and the championship is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19. All games are played on home campuses, which are determined after each round.

In last year's Preseason WNIT, Connecticut defeated Oklahoma and went on to a 32-5 season, advancing to the NCAA's Elite Eight round.

Following are this year's pairings. Visit www.womensnit.com for a bracket and history of the event.

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First-round games:
All 2005-2006 team records in parentheses

Thursday, Nov. 9
Belmont (22-8) at Purdue (26-7), 7 p.m. ET
Iona (17-12) at St. John's (22-8), 7 p.m. ET
High Point (20-10) at N.C. State (19-12), 7 p.m. ET
Loyola-Marymount (17-12) at Stanford (26-8), 7 p.m. PT

Friday, Nov. 10
Dartmouth (23-7) at Hartford (27-4), 7 p.m. ET
North Texas (19-8) at Baylor (26-7), 7 p.m. CT
Hofstra (19-12) at Wichita State (15-13), 7 p.m. CT
Idaho State (17-13) at BYU (26-6), 7 p.m. MT

LMU's complete non-conference schedule will be announced later this summer.