Sugar Bears in preseason NIT

The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear basketball team will begin the 2014-15 season in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Arkansas State is also in the 16-team field.All games will be on campus sites. The tournament carries a three-game guarantee for all teams. The first round is Nov. 14-16, the second round Nov. 16-17, with the semifinals Nov. 19-20. The finals will be Nov. 23 and will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Other teams playing in the tournament are Albany, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, Penn State, Rider, Seton Hall, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

Five of those teams made the NCAA tournament last season, and four others made postseason appearances.

The Sugar Bears are coming off an 18-12 season in which they finished third in the Southland Conference standings and featured the league’s Player of the Year for the fourth straight season and Freshman of the Year in Brianna Mullins, one of eight returning players from last season.

It marks the fifth straight season the Southland has had a representative in the tournament, with Lamar, McNeese State, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin making appearances from 2010-13.

The tournament bracket will be announced later.

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