TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University women’s basketball team will face Penn State in the first round of the Preseason WNIT as tournament officials released the bracket on Tuesday.
The Tiger-Nittany Lions matchup will take place on Friday, Nov. 14 at 12 noon in the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. It’s one of eight first round match-ups that will take place on either Nov. 14 or 15.
The winner of the Towson/Penn State game will advance to face the winner of Albany/St. Francis Brooklyn on either Nov. 16 or 17. The semifinals of the tournament will be Nov. 20 with the championship game on Nov. 23. If a team loses in the first two rounds, it will finish the tournament in the consolation bracket. The consolation bracket will be re-drawn to form new matchups based on the geography of teams involved, who can/cannot host, and recent history of teams. The consolation bracket will be released Nov. 16 after all of the first round games are complete.
The game on Nov. 14 will be just the second meeting all-time between the Tigers and Nittany Lions. The last time the two squads met was in 1975 as Penn State claimed a 64-63 win in the EAIAW Tournament.
Towson returns three starters from a team that went 13-17 during the 2013-14 season. The Tigers return second team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) forward LaTorri Hines-Allen, who averaged 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game along with point guard Dominique Johnson (10.3 ppg and 3.6 assists per game) and guard Markell Smith (4.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg). Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler returns five other letter winners and welcomes a seven-player freshmen class.
Penn State went 24-8 last season and advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Stanford. The Nittany Lions will have to replace four starters from that team but return center Tori Waldner who averaged 4.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg. Kayliah Mitchell appeared in all 32 games off the bench and contributed 4.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg.