- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team has been invited to participate in the 16-team Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament in November.

School officials say UND becomes the first Big Sky Conference member to participate in the event since Northern Colorado was selected in 2009. Athletics Director Brian Faison calls it “a major honor.”

North Dakota is the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champion. UND last season advanced to its first NCAA Division I Tournament.

The bracket, game dates and times for the Preseason Women’s NIT will be announced in June.

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